|To the Editor: Takes ‘sergeants’ to put citizens’ needs first|
|Written by John L. Turkal|
|Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:23|
Thank God for sergeants. A sergeant in the Pentagon realized that the families of wounded and KIA troops in the Middle East weren't going to receive their emergency funds under the shutdown rules.
This sergeant called the Fisher House and made arrangements with Fisher House for the families to receive their funds, then the Pentagon would reimburse Fisher House when this budget crisis is resolved. Fisher House builds residences at VA Hospitals for families to stay in when their VET is undergoing treatment. It is also responsible for building the state of the art hospital for amputees at Fort Bliss, Texas, and presented it to the VA and Army. Don Imus helped raise the funds needed for construction of this facility with private donations. Oh yes, the Sergeant's name in the Pentagon, he's a decorated Vietnam vet, a grunt, named Chuck Hagel.
It's unfortunate that Congressman Latta and his associates didn't put the needs of the constituents first and their own last. But then they were never sergeants.
John L. Turkal
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