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home : insight & opinion : letters to the editor June 24, 2016

5/16/2005 4:40:00 PM
VA rules need to be changed


I am writing in concern for older veterans. In February 1951 I was drafted and spent two years and one day serving in the Army during the Korean War.

Due to health problems, I was advised to seek help through the Veterans Administration for some help with my expensive prescription medicine. All I wanted was some help to pay for these.

I applied in March 2004 and was turned down because I didn't sign up before Jan. 17, 2003. Now the VA didn't notify any of the veterans of the Korean War of this cut-off date (not like the notice I got when I was drafted).

Even though I am a veteran and have served my time, I am entitled to no benefits.

Before the time of application I wasn't ill nor did I need help. As I got older, more health problems appeared (diabetes and hypertension). Medicine for these illnesses is expensive. Sometimes it's a matter of medicine or food on the table.

I know I cannot be the only one affected by this VA decision. I have written to all Illinois senators and representatives, the governor, U.S. senators and representatives and the U.S. president. All seem to "pass the buck" - saying this is the law and they can do nothing. I say it is time to change the law.

When I filled out the application, it asked for income and medical expenses. I filled all this in. It seems that my wife makes too much money (retired) for me to ever be eligible.

The law needs to be changed to be able to take care of those who gave their time to serve their country so we can have freedom, regardless of the family income.

Also, everyday in school the children say the pledge to the flag - the last lines-'with liberty and Justice for all." Where is the justice for the veterans who are not even recognized by the VA.

Please people - awake and write your Congressman and get help for veterans of all wars.

Leroy Vandevender


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