By Letters to the Editor/Gloucester County ...
March 19, 2010, 3:00AM
To the Editor:
As I struggled to find the size of the total worldwide aid package to which our country commits, I found two things:
The United States made a commitment over 50 years ago because we were the biggest, richest and most powerful — and smartest? — country in the world. We still get criticized for not giving enough.
I don’t have a master’s degree or a Ph.D in accounting, and the only thing I got from trying to compile this information was a big headache. When I tried, I only got to the millions upon millions upon millions section, and had to stop.
Why am I telling you this?
There are about 800,000 Vietnam war veterans out there not getting the appropriate aid from our country for the illnesses they received while fighting under some commitment nearly 50 years ago. Yet, we keep on sending aid to countries that are committed to either sitting on their lazy rear ends or stealing as much as possible before it gets to the poor, under an “at least some (aid) gets through” attitude.
U.S. House Resolution 2254 (The Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009) would stop this madness and get aid to more of those who those would use it, with thanks that really shouldn’t be needed.
I understand that some 200 members of Congress have been pounding their chests in support of HR 2254 since 2009. Thank you, but please stop pounding and start pushing this through.
Many died over there in Vietnam and now, unfortunately, many who served there are dying here, in the biggest, richest and most powerful — and smartest? — country in the world.
If you really want to help a vet, spread the word, and make a call.
R. Eugene Mills