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Remember VA this season | Letters

December 1, 2012 · Updated 4:01 PM

This past political season may have been one of the most contentious in recent memory. Most of the hotly debated issues primarily focused on our struggling economy, but many pressing social issues were left on the back burner.

One of the issues that bear some thoughtful discussion is the issue of veterans returning to civilian life from the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which was barely touched upon by political candidates.

Most veterans returning from these wars will are able to assimilate into everyday pedestrian American society, but for many of these service members, returning is a struggle.

A statistic recently posted by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America states that since 9/11, more than 3,000 soldiers have committed suicide — almost as many soldiers as were killed by IEDs in these wars.

This is a problem that affects not only service members and their families, but also the communities they return to. In this era of fiscal conservatism, funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the services that it provides is often cut. In this season of giving, please remember veterans and their families, and encourage your local representatives to support the VA.

Melissa Seitz
Oak Harbor


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