Gary R. Backus: Veterans organizations need our support
You are probably aware that Veterans Administration case backlogs are at historically high levels and there are reported instances of the destruction of valid applications simply to reduce that backlog, as well as altered wait-time lists.
The haphazard reduction of our military under sequestration, to levels not seen since World War II, to pay for questionable domestic social programs and bailouts, places America at growing risk.
If these issues concern you, as a veteran who served your country honorably, let your voice be heard. Join one of the veterans organizations that fight for your benefits and influence legislation affecting our military and veterans.
Of the nearly 68,000 eligible veterans in New Hampshire in 2013, only a few over 8,000 belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and we are losing members at a rate of nearly 700 a year.
If your local post does not seem to meet your expectations of what a veterans organization should be doing for your generation of veterans, actively engage with it.
Gary R. Backus is the commander of Richard K. Harvell Post 8401, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Bedford. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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