My father was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic actions in World War II. His widow, my mother, is now 94 and living in a personal care home.
The Veterans’ Association contributes to the care of war veterans and their spouses — if you apply and wait to be approved. The wait is long. I’ve been told that they may approve only so many applications per month due to the budget restraints — the budgets that are cut by Congress. Applications for dire need may be “expedited” by local representatives.
That brings me to Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township. After waiting four months, I sent him the requested information so he could help. After waiting another month, I called to ask how the “expediting” worked. I was told that they call the VA and ask that the representative’s office be informed when the approval comes through. Actually, I will be informed when the approval comes through.
However, Thompson did do something. He put my mother on the mailing list for donations to his campaign.
I think my next call is going to be to Hillary Clinton. I hear she supports veterans and their families and wants to help people.
Janet Friel, State College