By: Diane Benjamin
Veterans risk their lives to protect our freedom and liberty. Locally they have to fight just to not be ignored.
Remember the story of the disabled vet with a service dog who just wanted to teach? https://blnnews.com/2019/02/21/disabled-vet-ada-and-juvenile-detention/
He is able to teach now and he is assisting with the Veterans Court. I hear the dog has a great calming effect in the courtroom.
Remember when the VA couldn’t get any help from the local officials finding a location for a local VA clinic? https://blnnews.com/2018/07/11/not-the-right-fit-tari/
Former Alderman Judy Stearns had to spearhead restoration of the Korea-Vietnam Memorial at Miller park. Monuments in the City owned park weren’t important enough to preserve without her taking the initiative. https://blnnews.com/2014/05/23/fly-on-the-wall-honoring-veterans/
When the VA finally located property on the south side of Bloomington, the ball was dropped arranging door drop off for disabled vets by Connect Transit. Instead CT wants to drop them off 120 yards from the door: https://blnnews.com/2019/08/01/wmdb-story-on-the-vet-clinic-problems/
When a HIGH level meeting was held locally concerning the VA clinic problems, no one from Bloomington bothered to attend: https://blnnews.com/2019/07/24/does-bloomington-care-about-vets/
Nikita Richards held an event supposedly for vets. Her campaign kept 40% of the money: https://blnnews.com/2019/05/08/shes-back/
Appalling since she is a veteran.
See why vets are feeling immaterial?
Last Saturday I posted the email Art Rodriguez, the local head of AmVets, sent to the Normal Town Council and the Mayor. https://blnnews.com/2019/09/21/letter-to-the-normal-council-diversity/
Read the email now if you missed it.
Art only received one response – Stan Nord.
He didn’t even get an acknowledgment from Koos or the rest of the Council.
Maybe this Veterans Day the parade should be skipped. Vets can hold their own party with people who actually support them.
No more pretend events for politicians!