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Veterans should be treated with compassion

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Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 12:00 am

On Jan. 24, I assisted a veteran to receive medical assistance at the VA facility on Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City.

As an observer, I witnessed the unbelievable lack of compassion for our elderly and middle-aged veterans.

I watched from a distance our veterans standing outside this facility in 32-degree weather for more than 45 minutes.

This was not two or three veterans.

This was a line of 10 to 15 nonsmoking veterans.

I observed at 7:30 a.m. the facility lights on and employees filing in, passing these veterans. However, our Galveston County veterans, ages 55 to 80, waited outside in the freezing weather.

One may say our military people are able to hold up to any conditions, and I believe they are.

Now I ponder the president’s State of the Union Address on Jan. 28, observing our elected officials applaud and recognize military personnel. Yes,

I observed their patriotism. However, in Galveston County, the veterans who fought for our freedoms stand in 32-degree weather waiting to enter a warm government facility.