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Cold War: forgotten already? (mail call).

"Victory Denied: America Won the Cold War" (December) by Arnold Beichman was excellent and right on target. We defeated a tough and sometimes elusive foe in Soviet communism in Europe.

Recognition and honors are long overdue for veterans of that war. It is now time for VFW to be the catalyst in resurrecting the Gramm Amendment.

Richard J. Palazzo
Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

America should consider the patience and perseverance of Cold War vets. They stood guard along German and Korean borders, at Guantanamo Bay and in Alaska, and served on western Pacific waters as well as high in the thin Polar stratosphere. And they did it for more than 16,000 days and nights.

Many Cold War battles were fought secretly with submarines, recon aircraft, communications interception stations and small-scale special forces. These clashes were written about, and only in part, years after the events took place. Such achievements--often ignored or totally forgotten--deserve to be remembered.

Charles R. Ryan, Seattle, Wash.

I was heartened to read your Cold War article. Thanks for keeping these vets in the news. Unfortunately. because most Cold War vets are ineligible for VFW membership, a new veterans group has been incorporated in Kansas. The Cold War Veterans Association (CWVA) came into being on Nov. 20, 2001. For more information, please visit the CWVA Web site: or e-mail me at

Jeff G. Mack, Elgin, Ill.

It's high time for VFW to extend its own hand, with a membership application in it, to each and every honorably discharged veteran with overseas Cold War service. After all, as VFW magazine reported awhile back, some 80% of VFW members favor such a move.

James D. Storozuk
Fair Lawn, N.J.

It seems to me that those who served overseas during the Cold War should be allowed to become members. This would only strengthen the bargaining power of VFW as an organization. VFW can take the lead in fully recognizing Cold War vets by offering them membership.

Wayne L. Briscoe
Baldwin, Kan.

Despite its intent, the Cold War Certificate of Recognition is a direct insult. Nowhere does it even mention the words "United States of America." Since it could do no better than "This Nation," the certificate ended up in my round file.

William Brunskill
East Amherst, N.Y.

A Cold War victory medal is not necessary; the certificate is recognition enough. Besides, let's face it, nobody won the Cold War--the USSR lost it. The Soviet Union collapsed under its own weight. By the way, I resent the constant anti-intellectualism expressed in VFW magazine (such as this article).

James L. Seay
Rantoul, Ill.

Editor's Note: On June 13, 2001, the late Rep. Floyd Spence (R-S.C.) introduced H.R. 2165 to authorize a Cold War medal. It was part of the 2002 DeJense Authorization Act, but was dropped from the Act because of Pentagon opposition.

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Date:Feb 1, 2002
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