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Veterans’ concerns

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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

I offer my sincere congratulations to Councilman Eric Ulrich on his new appointment as the chairman to the Veterans Committee. It is not just a high-profile position but an opportunity to demonstrate his establishment as an already accomplished legislator to the veteran community throughout the city when it is needed most.

Myself as well as many other veterans throughout the city were surprised to hear of his appointment to this position considering the “Pledge of Allegiance” issue that came out of his support for Melissa Mark-Viverito for Council speaker. I must also concede to the fact that I was one of those veterans who was disdainful over his choice but after some thought I came to the conclusion that myself as well as my fellow veterans were looking too deeply into what we perceived as a problem within our legislative ranks, depriving us of the time and energy which can be put into serious projects that will improve the lives of this city’s veterans.

Furthermore, as we all know from our military experience, communication on the battlefield is key to making sure the mission runs smoothly as well as successfully. This same line of communication should also be relayed to Eric as he takes on this challenging position and the same should be transparently afforded back to the veteran community from the chairman. As far as the organization I serve as well as the veteran population in general, I urge all fellow veterans in the city to remain focused on our objectives, which are to improve the lives of our brothers and sisters who have served and are still serving, and to work proactively with Eric Ulrich to make sure that these objectives are successful for our warriors, who have given so much and asked for so little.

Ryan S. Graham
Chairman, Legislative Committee
Queens County Council VFW
South Ozone Park

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