Northwest NEWS

January 31, 2000

Editorial

Veterans' benefits are being eroded

   The Veterans Administration has deleted another service which you earned by serving your country.

   When you go to the Veterans Administration to apply for your earned benefits, it will not be an easy task. That is because the friendly assistance needed to complete your application forms will no longer be available to you. The reasoning for this, of course, is the lack of funding to cover the cost of said service.

   But, veterans, you need to remember that the Congress of the United States of America is supposed to be providing those needed funds. The American Legion has filed suit against the Veterans Administration for this last action, but we all know how long a lawsuit can be tied up in court.

   The rights and benefits for veterans are gradually being done away with. The American Legion can stop this gradual erosion of benefits, but we need your help. We need to have five or six million members nationwide instead of 2.8 million.

   Help us win. Join the American Legion. Write to the American Legion, Post. No. 199, P.O. Box 960, Carnation, WA 98014-0960, or call (425) 788-6672. If no answer, leave your name and number. Your call will be returned.

Dave Bellin, Adjutant, American Legion Post 199, Carnation