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Letter: Stop playing politics in Veterans Affairs office


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From: Jim Flint

Columbus

Received: Dec. 17

For a year now, I’ve had the opportunity of being a volunteer Veterans Affairs driver to the VA hospital in Indianapolis, and I’ve yet to hear a negative comment about those in the Bartholomew County VA office. If a comment has ever been made about those in the VA office, it has always been very positive.

I remember the first article I read a couple of months ago in The Republic about a possible change in the VA office personnel, and it sounded totally political. What makes the difference if those in the VA are veterans or not? I’d venture a guess that most of those raising a fuss and wanting to make this change about the office are not veterans themselves. Maybe everyone wanting to make this change should also be veterans. If you go to any U.S. military base in the world, there are many, many employees who are not part of the military. They are civilians. Why should our local VA office be any different?

This question came up among my riders on one of my last drives. One of them suggested that a petition on behalf of those currently in the VA office be created. It definitely sounds like a good idea. The more I hear about the Bartholomew County veterans office, the more I realize the issue is not the current employees; it’s the county administration.

So sad! Let’s stop playing politics for a change.

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