Re: “Veteran supports Adam Smith” (letter, 9-30).
Like the writer, I am a Vietnam veteran. Much of my two years was in ground or air combat. An Army Cobra pilot, I was shot down by a North Vietnamese SA-7 missile.
I heard Congressman Adam Smith at the Puyallup candidates’ forum speaking passionately of his support for veterans. His words rang hollow.
Smith, like many without military service, does not fully understand veterans. His view of veteran identity appears framed by a perception of them as an entitlement class.
I am grateful for the earned entitlements which Smith, like most politicians, has supported. Veterans, however, are motivated by more than entitlements. Uniting most of us is our pride in our service. Those who have not served can appreciate that experience only vicariously.
I am not a victim of my service to my country; I am proud of my service and cherish the fundamental values that my country represents. I see many of those values being eroded by our current administration. Smith’s support of this administration has enabled that erosion. As a veteran, I am very concerned by this.
Dick Muri is a fellow veteran who understands and shares veterans’ concerns. The 9th District is home to one of the largest active-duty and retired military communities in the country. It’s time we were represented by someone who thinks and acts like one of us.