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Aid veterans locally

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Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

First off, I would like to thank outgoing Veterans’ Affairs Commissioner Terry Holliday for all he did for veterans. He was always available and did the best he could with the budget he was given. He will be missed.

One of the biggest problems for veterans in the outer boroughs is the location of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs. World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans are also senior citizens and have to travel into Lower Manhattan to get to MOVA, which means public transportation: walking and going up and down many stairs to get into Manhattan. Even if you could drive into the city, there is no place to park.

What we veterans need is easier access to MOVA. Each borough should have an office that veterans can get to locally, especially those who are handicapped.

We served our country. Many of us still serve our community. Why are veterans the last group of citizens to get the help and respect we deserve?

Paul Narson
President, Queens Chapter #32
Vietnam Veterans of America
Flushing

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