Types of disabilities don't matter.
The comments of newly elected DAV National Commander Raymond Dempsey as reported in the Sept/ Oct 2008 issue of DAV Magazine make me feel, for the first time, like an equal, full-fledged member of the organization. All disabled veterans are equal, but the continual emphasis on "combat-related" disabilities made that difficult if not impossible to achieve recognition of equality. I am just like Commander Dempsey--"a disabled veteran who (was) not injured in combat." I most assuredly mean no lessening of the severity of any combat-related injuries nor of their suffering, but I think Commander Dempsey stated the issue clearly and concisely in saying: "How a veteran is disabled should not be a concern of ours, as long as the veteran served honorably." I am grateful to DAV for publishing his heartfelt and thoughtful remarks. Lawrence V. Tagg, Tucson, AZ
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|Author:||Tagg, Lawrence V.|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2008|
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