We need to help civilian veterans

Where do I start? I’m hoping this is a good way to get this suggestion moving. I was laid up in the Seattle VA Hospital recently, due to a motorcycle incident. While there, I had plenty of time to think of my fellow veterans. I asked the social services if they had a program that would temporarily help supplement civilian veterans’ income while he or she is unable to work, (short time, three or four months) while their injuries heal? I was informed no! Well, why not? I have several suggestions.

First, if Congress were to take $20 a month from all active and reserve service members, this would create a huge surplus fund to draw from. I don’t know any person that would raise a stink over $20 going to this cause.

Second, if the National American Legion could implement a challenge to all their members to donate or have part of their dues go automatically into a fund, to be used just for veterans that will temporary lose their income.

This country has way too many veterans on the street right now, let’s not add to this problem. We fellow American veterans want to prevent it, not add to the cause!

Ernest Lee Schindler


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