Give veterans the respect they deserve

By John Amato

As our nation prepares to celebrate Veterans Day Nov. 11, let us remember all of our veterans who have served in all branches of the armed forces from the American Revolution right down through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

So many of these brave men and women gave the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives as they fought to keep our country free so that we could enjoy the many freedoms we have today. Our veterans deserve the highest respect, as well as the best financial compensation that can and must be accorded to them and their families. Every effort should and must be made to give 200 percent support to the brave men and women of the armed forces—Marines, Coast Guard, Air Force, Army and Navy. Our country owes all of them an eternal debt of gratitude.

The Veterans Administration needs to get its act together and speed up the thousands of claims that have been filed by our veterans for medical and financial compensation. There should not be any bureaucratic red tape that has to be cut through in order to help these fine men and women. Any delays are inexcusable and intolerable.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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