Thanks, Miles Township supervisors, for taking over responsibility for the Veterans Monument in Rebersburg.
Hopefully now it will get corrected, a committee formed and a veteran put in charge — with all money donated placed into a separate fund for only the monument.
Given past mistakes made on the monument, I suggest that they work on getting the Vietnam section corrected first, because most people are still alive and they should have no problem asking them for their DD-214’s to verify their actual service history.
They need to correctly classify the people now all listed as Vietnam-era veterans as follows: Vietnam veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, veteran, then classify the people who were not veterans legally but still served in the guard and reserves during the Vietnam War.
Not everyone is a veteran, legally. This is because of current VA laws that state: Any person serving in the guard or reserves must have been “called to active duty for over 180 days to be considered a Veteran and get certain Veterans benefits.” They are not legally a veteran but still deserve placement on the monument.
No monument dedicated to veterans should be historically incorrect. Now is the time for Miles Township supervisors to shine. Get the DD-214’s and finally do the job correctly.
Jim Hironimus (Retired USAF), White Hall, Md.