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November 7, 2013

Letter: Treatment of veterans in shutdown was sickening

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Over the weekend of Oct. 5, they ordered Park Police to chase veterans and tourists away from the Vietnam Memorial. A lot has changed in the last 40 years. But the left’s disrespect toward our men and women in uniform remains consistent.

The worst thing this administration did was to deny death benefits to the families of our fallen heroes in Afghanistan. They were also being told that they had to pay their own way to Dover Air Force Base, where the caskets containing the bodies of our soldiers return home from the battlefield.

I served in the Navy during Vietnam and worked for the federal government for 35 years. During my career there were several “government shutdowns” but never did any former administration have the audacity to shut down the memorials.

In closing, I would like to thank every veteran in this great country for their service.

State Rep. Patrick Bick

Salem

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