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American veterans

American veterans. They are my kind of people. I help them in any way I can.

I’m a lifetime member of DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and have been for many years. Too many veterans need help from our government, and many are not getting it.

Here in California, the state has a Veterans Day once a year when all vets come together with the Veterans Department to help them. I am surprised by all the vets who are homeless.

They have medical people to give checkups to all the vets. They have agents from the department to fill out paperwork for the vets for them to get the help they need. They tell them about the latest laws being passed on healthcare.

Companies that need new employees are there to offer them jobs. I think it’s a great thing they are doing and I hope other states would set up something like it for all veterans.

The husband of my niece, Kozetta Vanover Smith of Taylor, Mich., Wayne, served in Viet Nam as a jungle fighter, and he thinks he has Agent Orange, but was doing nothing about it until I made a phone call to the Veterans Department and started him going to Detroit, Mich., for testing. He is getting free medical help and will soon get some money for the rest of his life. He is a disabled vet and needs all the help he can get.

All veterans of Letcher County should get in touch with the Veterans Department if they think they need any kind of help.

There are veteran groups in Letcher County who can help them. Don’t be afraid to get in touch with them.

(Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfi eld, Calf.)

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