Don’t blame the V.A. for crowding


I depend on the Department of Veterans Affairs for health care, and am satisfied with it. So I find it painful to hear criticism of the V.A. (“Mad-as-hell Obama should move heaven and earth to fix the V.A.,” op-ed column, May 22).

The overloading of V.A. clinics and hospitals because of injuries from the wars entered into by the George W. Bush administration is hardly the fault of the V.A..

Bad administrators show up in every profession. The V.A. is doing better than private health care administration.


Foxbourne Road


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Vietnam-era vets not getting due?

In March, I attended a funeral service for my brother at the Veterans Affairs facility in Marion, Ind. I asked directions to the chapel from a patient, who told me he was a Vietnam-era veteran like my brother.

I thanked him for his service. He said something I’ll never forget: “We remember each other, but our government has forgotten us.”

Has our government truly forgotten our Vietnam-era veterans? Or are they ignored because it was an unpopular war?

They served our country. If they are in need, these and all other veterans need to be taken care of — now, not later.


Naomi Drive


Honor Flight trip: Pride, humbleness

On April 30, I and about 60 other veterans of World War II and the Korean War were guests of Honor Flight Northwest Ohio (“Big send-off for vets to D.C.; Excitement up as Honor Flight winding down,” May 1).

Seeing the memorials made me feel proud but humble, because many Americans lost their lives in those wars. The trip was memorable.

I thank the trip’s organizers, their army of volunteers, and the donors who made it possible.


Beverly Drive


Funeral procession requires etiquette

This year, one of my uncles passed away. After the service at the funeral home, I and other mourners got into our cars for the funeral procession to the cemetery. Then things got scary.

The first six vehicles of the procession got through an intersection, then other vehicles broke through our line. None of these other vehicles stopped; one of my cousins in the procession almost got hit.

Then the procession came to a traffic light and turned left. Another vehicle blew through the procession and almost hit my car and the car behind me. The motorist had the audacity to blare the horn at us.

Apparently, people need a refresher course on funeral processions. They move slowly; vehicles in the procession do not have to stop at a red light if the lead car has already gone through. Other vehicles should stop and allow the procession to move safely.

I hope motorists remember that when they see a funeral procession, they should pull over and let it go by. There’s no need to scare people in the procession and leave them shaken when they are already in mourning.