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July 6, 2014

LETTERS: Caring for veterans is the cost of war

Caring for veteransis the cost of war

Kudos to Dan Coats for voting for a bill put forth by Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, to increase funding for the VA, but thumbs down to 41 of Coats’ Republican colleagues for failing to support our veterans.

Sen. Sanders told reporters, “It’s distasteful that the Republicans now say this may be too expensive. Well, you know, if it’s too expensive to take care of veterans when they come home from war, don’t send them to war in the first place. This is the cost of war.”

Congress, specifically Republicans, caused the trust in the Department of Veterans Affairs to decline by withholding the funding required for the VA to perform properly under the increased patient load caused by the two unfounded Bush-Cheney Republican wars. The trust that really needs to be restored is the trust in Congress that has an approval rating in the single digits.

If we follow the Republican playbook of continued calls for presidential impeachment, maybe Republican members of Congress who failed to support funding for the care of our veterans should lose their jobs.

Larry Brooks

Kokomo

Consider donation this holiday weekend

I’d like to present a challenge to each and every one of you.

Every year, we as a nation get together to celebrate July Fourth, sharing food, fun and fireworks. We spend all kinds of money planning and preparing for this one day. My challenge to everyone is to ask each of you to consider taking a portion of the money usually spent on food and fireworks and set it aside to send to a charity or ministry of your choice. Below are a list of a few ideas and addresses to consider. There is so much needed in this community and in this nation that I can’t include them all.

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