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He is not forgotten

Estherville News Editorial

September 16, 2015
Estherville News Staff , Estherville News

Is the sick and disabled Vietnam veteran the forgotten man? The war that he fought in has been dubbed "America's most unpopular war," but he fought and today his is still fighting. Fighting to regain his health, his strength and some of his earning power.

Thousands of men are bedridden for life and others are destined to spend the rest of their days in wheelchairs or on crutches, as the result of a war they haven't fully understood. Many more have found themselves handicapped in adjusting to the challenges of civilian life, which they feel has passed them by.

It is that time of the year that community has the opportunity to reach out to help those veterans through the VFW's annual Buddy Poppy Campaign which will be Sept. 17 and 18 this year.

However, for hundreds of long-term disabled veterans in veterans' administration hospitals and domiciliaries and in state veterans' homes, every day is VFW Buddy Poppy Day.

These are the men who assemble the poppies, tie them in boxes of 500, 1,000 or 2,000 for shipment to 9,200 Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts and Auxiliaries throughout the nation.

From the time it leaves the hospital until it graces the coat lapel or dress front of the individual citizen, the poppy provides care for the widow and orphans of deceased veterans at the VRW National Home in Eaton Rapids, Mich.; provides funds for veterans' rehabilitation services on the state and national level; pays for direct relief to the families of needy and deceased veterans; and serves as a memorial to the dead of all wars of the U.S.

More than 14 million Buddy Poppies will be assembled this year and will be distributed by VFW Posts and Auxiliaries throughout the nation. Each of them will have travelled a long way and each will have helped to make someone happier.

So take time this Thursday and Friday to support our veterans through the Buddy Poppy Campaign and give what you can because every amount, small or larger, helps.



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