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Brother died never having received benefits due him

By SHELLEY KEELING Paducah

EDITOR:

On April 12, another soldier, father and family man who served his country in a jungle called Vietnam died.

I want you, the people who call this state home, call this state great, to know one thing: My brother will not be buried in this cold dark earth called Kentucky.

Why do I feel this way? Could be because the 7th Region of VA in Louisville whose motto is, "Deny until they die" makes sure veterans like my brother never draw a dime.

Could be because you men and women vote for Republicans like Mitch McConnell, who never saw a black man or veteran he ever tried to help.

I am not bitter and this is not about a man's race, but about a man who loved his country and although he still had shrapnel in his legs and died from Agent Orange and suffered from post traumatic stress, never even got his Purple Heart.

What manner of man is Mitch McConnell and other Republicans who brag about $30 million war chests and vote against veterans' benefits and vote to cut food stamps?

What manner of people would stand by and not only have no problem with millions of veterans like my brother never drawing benefits due them.

I ask you, the people of this so-called great Commonwealth of Kentucky, would it have been too much if just one of these Republicans you keep electing had come by and given him his medal, shook his hand and simply said, "Well done soldier, you make us proud, you make America proud"?

SHELLEY KEELING

Paducah

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