LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – Jan.19, 2017

What is with the Democrats within our nation?

Dear Editor:

What is with the Democrats within our nation?  Refusing to accept the successful win Donald Trump has had and acting like a bunch of Boob Babies is a great show of poor sportsmanship.
Donald Trump deserves a chance and deserves respect as our next President of our nation.
Time to put your crying towels away and learn from the words of the Serenity Prayer:  God grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change, the COURAGE to change the things I can and the WISDOM to know the difference.

Nancy Eller
Hemet


Letter regarding American Legion’s qualifications to join

Dear Editor:

I know a little bit about what Rocky Zharp is talking about. I also was told that I was “Not Qualified” to join the American Legion. But my situation was a little bit different.
I served in the Army from 1964 to 1966; from 1965-1966 I was in Vietnam. For a number of years after getting out, I received letters from the American Legion asking me to join.  So a number of years later I thought, “why not?” But when I stopped in at a American Legion and talked to the Post Commander and told him where and when I served, he told me, “You are not qualified.” When I gave him the dates and the unit that I served with in Vietnam, all he would say was that “you are not qualified,” but would never say why I was not qualified.
I don’t know to this day why I was not qualified. But I do know that the American Legions, VFWs and all of the Veterans Service organizations out there do a great job of helping the veterans. And I hope that this was an isolated case.
I have since talked to a Post Commander (a Vietnam vet) and other members of the American Legion, and no one has any reason why that person would say I was not qualified.
Gary Oliver
Hemet


American Legion and VFW have different membership requirements

Dear Editor:

In regards to the letter from Rocky Zharp on Jan. 12, he is confusing the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). They are two separate organizations. To be eligible to join the VFW you must have served in a war zone as he described. To be eligible to join the American Legion you must have served in the American armed forces during the same times as the VFW. The American Legion does not have any war zone criteria.
Yes, it is a requirement, but that is what makes it a special club of military veterans during a time of war and personal risk.  Some risk more than others, hence two separate organizations.
Not treated equally?  Golly gee.  Well guess what, the world is not fair.  We are not exceptions to the rule.  You cannot have all that you want.  Do not expect that because you want it to be so, it will be.  Wishing does not make reality.  One must earn the right for some things.  I know you know this, but sometimes we forget.
The American Legion has Post 848 at 312 E. Main St., in San Jacinto and Post 53 at 124 N. Ramona St., in Hemet.
The VFW post 2266 is at 1891 S. Santa Fe Ave., San Jacinto.
I thank you for your service for your country, Rocky.

Chuck Moore
Hemet


Veteran designation available for state ID

Dear Editor:

There are many types and classifications of veterans. Retirees carry a Department of Defense Identification Card; disabled veterans eligible for medical benefits can get a Veterans Identification Card (VIC) issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many veterans did not stay until retirement and are unfortunately not eligible for VA medical benefits and only have their discharge paperwork DD Form 214 (DD 214) as proof of service. As the DD 214 is a very valuable and, hard to replace document, many leave it in a safe place and do not take it out unless it is needed.
Some retailers, like Lowes and Home Depot, offer discounts to veterans, but proof of service is needed to take advantage of these types of thank you gifts.
According to CalVet.ca.gov website, “Starting Nov. 12, 2015, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) and the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) launch the Veteran Driver License Initiative.” To add this designation to your driver license or state identification card you will need to bring your DD 214 to a local County Veterans Service Office, the closest one is located at 749 N. State St. This office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is (951) 766-2566. If eligible, they will provide you with a Veteran Status verification form. This form should be submitted in person to the DMV along with $5.
Thanks for your service and hopefully you can take advantage of this information and some of the thanks from retailers as you shop.

Galen Hammerle
Hemet

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