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December 17, 2017

12/1/2017 7:29:00 AM
Vets and flights

To the Editor:

Everyone has a right to their opinion and no two people see things the same, and so it is for me with Mr. Corrigan's letter, and so here is my opinion for the little it is worth. I feel lucky to know a number of vets from the Korean and Vietnam wars, I use to know some World War II vets, but they have gone on to their reward, a number of these folks have gone on the "honor flights" and without exception, they were deeply appreciative of that privilege. I'm sure they would have gone sooner, but the WWII and Korean Memorials were pretty recently constructed, so given their age, they were fortunate to still be able to travel, and if not for the "honor flights" many would never have gotten there. I'm sure money was not the issue for some, but I'm also sure it was for others. However, the generosity of time and money donated makes the trip possible for all no matter their wealth or health, and at no cost to the taxpayers. I hope every veteran that wants to go can before time runs out for them, and God bless the children who want to help them go.

Because of the sacrifice veterans made, they are entitled to some benefits, and there can be some issues with getting them, so they may be a little crabby, and yes, they may complain or whine as some might say. Fortunately, here in Vilas and Oneida counties our veteran service officers are dedicated to making sure the vet and their spouse get what they need and what has been promised them. Veterans do help each other, and that may be with time, money or both.

Politics are up to the individual, and while we may differ in our positions, of all people, veterans have earned the right to vote for and support whomever they wish, and they are the reason we get to also make that choice.

Mr. Corrigan is a patriot and his friend Robert was also a patriot who paid the ultimate price so we could have and enjoy our way of life. Given the number of wars in the last 100 years, it is rare that a individual has not been touched by the loss of a service member be it family member or friend, we all mourn, remember and honor those lost in our own way. Some, by their actions, don't appear to appreciate the sacrifices made for our freedoms, but we should maybe look at those others, like us that do.

Duane Harpster

Boulder Junction

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