The Edmond Sun

April 28, 2014

Congress needs to help Veterans

Special to The Sun

ALBUQUERQUE — To the Editor:

Whoever we send to Congress should devote more attention to the ways Washington is failing its veterans and military families. (“Jolley says Oklahoma common sense needed in Congress,” April 21, 2014, The Edmond Sun) Vets must wait for months for a response to their disability claims, due to longstanding delays at the VA. And nearly a quarter of young veterans are unemployed.

If we devoted as much money to veterans as we do to troubled defense contracts, we’d have these problem solved. For instance, we’re funding a new $1.5 trillion fighter jet called the F-35 Lightning II that can’t even fly in stormy weather because of technical problems and has been criticized by fighter jet experts and test pilots. Do we really need a new mediocre fighter jet, particularly when budgets are tight and there are more worthy priorities?

Veterans should top that list. Congress should be increasing funding for the VA and funding more professional training programs to help former warriors find jobs.

Col. (Ret.) S. Vincent Martinez, Army Guard

Albuquerque N.M.