American Legion article - timely
- Hello Charles,
This month's Anerican Legion Magazine has an appropriate letter for a
PHC-kinda-response. They are reporting on "A Place of Honor" for our
Veteran (regarding availability of spaces in Veteran cemeteries) about
about a "Mark for Honoring" (one's religion).
contact page: http://www.legion.org/?content=help_contact
>snip from article<Adequate resources are vital to fulfill NCAs mission to continue to meet burial needs and maintain
its national cemeteries as shrines dedicated to preserving our nations history and honoring veterans
service and sacrifice, says VA Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs William F. Tuerk.
More than 3 million veterans from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom are buried
in state and national cemeteries in America and abroad. Their headstones, row after row, stand as
breathtaking testimony to the cost of freedom and to the pledge that those who vowed to fight must
never be forgotten.
The new national cemeteries of recent years and additional burial capacity of state cemeteries created
through SCGP will increase the percentage of veterans served at a national or state veterans cemetery
within 75 miles of their residence to nearly 84 percent, NCA says. To families who now have to travel
hundreds of miles to the nearest veterans cemetery, thats a sign of progress.
The challenge remains daunting in a time of scarcity both of land and of federal dollars, but Walsh
says a final resting place of honor is a promise the U.S. government intends to keep.
We owe nothing less to these courageous military veterans than to bury them in places of honor at
national or state shrines that testify to their countrys eternal gratitude, he said. It is our
promise. It is our duty.
Monday, May 1, 2006, 2:31:37 AM, you wrote:
CPA> Here is a letter I sent (with appropriate varioations) to six
CPA> senators (PA, NJ, VT) and three congressmen using my current address
CPA> and two old ones:
CPA> Thank you for using GovernmentGuide Mail System
CPA> Message sent to the following recipients:
CPA> Senator Specter
CPA> Message text follows:
CPA> Charles Arnold
CPA> Pagan Veterans Headstone Campaign, 114-490 Plaza Blvd
CPA> Morrisville, PA 19067
CPA> April 30, 2006
CPA> [recipient address was inserted here]
CPA> Dear [recipient name was inserted here],
CPA> Senator Specter, you appear to be a fair minded may and I appreciate
CPA> of your stances but I have to ask you how someone such as you, with
CPA> moral convictions and committee assignments, can go along with the
CPA> continued religious discrimination practiced by the Department of
CPA> Wasn't it bad enough when veterans were dying of impairment and old
CPA> and being treated as second class citizens by the National Cemeteries
CPA> office? But now that we are starting to lose GIs on active duty,
CPA> like SGT Patrick Stewart who died in combat in Afghanistan last
CPA> how can you possible stop from attacking the status quo?
CPA> At this moment there are thirty-eight different raiths and
CPA> with approved emblems of spirit. A number of these groups do not
CPA> have a single member serving in the US Armed Forces. At the same time
CPA> there are roughly 5,000 wiccan and other Pagans in uniform, not
CPA> those in the National Guard (as was SGT Stewart). But the VA still
CPA> to grant, after nearly nine years, approval for the Pentacle as an
CPA> authorized emblem of spirit.
CPA> None of the Armed Forces has any problem whatsoever with members of
CPA> faiths and I should know being one of the very first to publicly
CPA> such back in 1969 when I returned after an extended tour in Vietnam
CPA> with a
CPA> branch of Army Intelligence. Of the tens of thousands of Pagan
CPA> veterans it
CPA> is only a small percentage who have complaints about their treatment.
CPA> now, with US troops in Afghaniztan, Iraq and elsewhere, often in
CPA> conditions, the one organization that is mandated with serving the
CPA> of veterans decides that we are somehow second class citizens, if
CPA> at all.
CPA> I would appreciate a detailed response from you either defending, in
CPA> writing, your position to allow this situation to continue or a
CPA> detailed statement noting what you are going to do to change the
CPA> and when. I can then post this information, as we are posting similar
CPA> statement from a few hundred other elected officials and allowing
CPA> of our community to decide for themselves whether or not to vote for
CPA> Republican candidates or donate funds or time to lRepublican
CPA> Charles Arnold
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