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Let’s not stop with ‘thanks’ for vets

In his State of the Union address, President Bush asked the nation to say “thanks” when we meet an Iraq war veteran. But let’s not stop there.

The U. S. government’s long-term record on its treatment of veterans is mixed. Some would say horrendous. Elderly Americans, for example, remember that World War I veterans marched on Washington to protest. Younger Americans recall the treatment of Vietnam vets.

The president’s budget contains massive amounts of spending. Let’s make sure it contains more than peanuts for those whose lives are on the line.

Robert Pastore

Nevada City

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