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Broken promises

If Veterans Affairs estimates that 106 veterans commit suicide each week (“Broken Promises to our Veterans,” San Francisco Chronicle, May 26) is accurate, 26,208 veterans over the past four years have died due to the Iraq/Afghan quagmire. Add to that the number of combat, noncombat and civilian casualties and the true cost in lives sacrificed to this avoidable tragedy begins to emerge. We can do nothing about that.

The VA estimates that 154,000 vets are homeless. Sadly, the surge of returning disabled soldiers hasn’t even started yet. As long as hundreds of millions of American stock portfolios and IRAs are linked directly to corporations that profit from the occupation and pay no taxes (“Corporate Fat Cats,” Parade, April 13) corporate support for returning troops is not likely any time soon and the VA is already backlogged by at least 600,00 benefit claims. We can do something about that.

Like many others, Hospitality House, our community homeless shelter, will take the brunt of the coming tsunami of neglected veterans. It’s time to gather our talents, grant writers, financial advisors, event coordinators, etc., and help prepare Hospitality House to weather the coming storm.



John Keane

Nevada City


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