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VETERANS: All service members deserve respect

Letter by Sarah Axling, Tacoma on Oct. 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm | 3 Comments »
October 13, 2010 12:15 pm

My husband is a 100 percent disabled veteran of Operation Desert Storm and the Liberation of Kuwait. Due to chemical exposure while he was serving in the Gulf he has developed a terminal illness called ALS.

As a service-connected disabled veteran, he draws disability payments from the VA and receives commissary and exchange privileges; as his wife, I receive these as well as other benefits. We are issued a military ID to use these services.

Lately I have been asking about military discounts at various locations that offer them only to be informed that those discounts are only available for active duty and active reserves.

So here is my quandary: It seems to me that these discounts are a way of showing respect for those that serve our country. That being said, does it not stand to reason that someone who served his country and now has a terminal illness as a direct result of that service deserves the same respect that all military personnel do?

It seems to me that anyone issued a military ID, active, disabled, retired, etc. should be eligible to receive these discounts. They all serve or served their country, and they all deserve our respect.

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