Thanking vets

06/01/2014 8:05 AM

05/28/2014 12:11 PM

Re "How to really thank vets for serving" (Viewpoints, May 25): Leonard Pitts Jr. was correctly conveying that rather than countless Americans verbally thank soldiers they encounter, the true sign of love and respect would be to honor the nation's commitment to veterans via health care, expeditious handling of disability claims and benefits. He's right on the mark through his article, until the last paragraph when he said the least we could do is "shut up and let our military men and women walk through the airport in peace."

Wrong. Americans, the regular Joes, have no control over how the government is treating these vets. The very least we can do is to let the soldiers and vets know they are appreciated. He should not assume that every soldier is approached/interrupted by caring citizens. I will continue to thank these men and will never "shut up."

-- Debbie Langston, Elk Grove

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