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He was in his eighties. A Marine. Confused and disoriented in some ways, focused in other ways. Living at Marshall Hospital. No one wants him. No family member stepping up. No home to go to. Unable to prove he is a Veteran. If he had signed up with the VA, then we could have hauled him down to Mather, and get VA resources going. No DD-214 on him.
Before you go to Mather you want to check eligibility. Otherwise, you waste your time. Could not verify his eligibility. Never signed up for VA health care. No VA card in his wallet. No record of him in the system. Maybe his records burned up in 1973 in St. Louis. Maybe someone will scroll though microfiche. It will take forever. Meanwhile, he chews up our local resources, such as police, hospital, county Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Public Guardian, Mental Health, APS.
Middle class guy. Middle class income. He could be you. Sign up with the County. Sign up with the VA. Do it now. David Zelinsky, Service Officer , American Legion Post 119, 530-919-8488
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War Memorials as seen at night
1. Korean War Veterans Memorial
Seen at night, the soldiers seem ghostly, as if they are fading out, just as memories of this war, and the lives of its Veterans, are fading out.
One Marine told me that the soldiers had that "thousand yard" stare. The ponchos enhance the sense of their slog.
2. Vietnam Veterans Memorial
I did not expect much from this. A wall with names on it?
Turned out, it packed a punch.
The wall starts out very low, perhaps a few inches high. Then, the deeper we stepped into it, the higher the wall of the killed in action got, until the path hit bottom. Then, as we slowly climbed out, the wall of the dead slowly got smaller. It seemed to take forever to get out.
Viscerally, it was like experiencing the Vietnam years again. Slowly sliding in, the death tolls get higher, and then, getting out of it, but slowly, as the death tolls got lower. Slowly.
In the middle of the night, the only other folks there were some Rolling Thunder Vietnam Veterans. Taking another hit to the gut.
David Zelinsky , Service Officer
American Legion Post 119
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