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Honoring all veterans

Dear Editor:It took decades for most Americans to understand the damage that was done to returning Vietnam War veterans. They suffered in multiple ways, from the brutality of the war itself, through being blamed upon coming home for having served.We are creating battle veterans every day in the Middle East, and we should also remember those who are serving in other parts of the world and in noncombat areas.To say we support the troops must go beyond slogans and bumper stickers. If we truly support them, make sure our government fulfills its promises to all veterans. Right now, veterans’ benefits are being cut, and right now, there are veterans whose benefits have “run out.” Right now, there are veterans who wait months and months for care in the VA hospitals.Please join our community on Veterans Day on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the War Memorial next to the Pitkin County Courthouse. We gather to honor veterans of all service and of all conflicts. Much more than a memorial to those we have lost, we honor those living veterans who were willing to lay down their lives.Ann Sandersen OwsleyWoody Creek


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