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Help from the VA might come too late

Editor:

I'm a Korean War veteran, former sergeant in the 3rd Infantry Division. I have been under Veterans Affairs health care since 1981. It's been a long haul to say the least.

Last spring I had eye surgery to remove a cataract off my right eye. It took months of fighting there in Tucson, Ariz. John McCain didn't answer my requests for help.

Anyhow, I moved back here thinking things would get better. Wrong.

I applied to the VA to get my left eye taken care of. It was worse than my right eye was. The VA put me on hold; so I went through Clear Choice and Tri-West and got an appointment at an eye clinic in Farmington on Oct. 22 to have it removed. VA approved it and everything was a go.

But the little doctor in charge of the Farmington clinic wouldn't sign off on it. Can you believe that?

Now why in the world would he do such a thing? Power maybe? After I struggled up the ladder to get everything set up. Doesn't make sense to me. So I picked myself up and went back to the drawing board.

Now I live alone and drive myself where I need to go. But I sure as (heck) need two good eyes. I'm getting a little long in the tooth now, and need all the help I can get.

Now the doctor wants to see me on the 30th. I'm going, what for?

And another thing, when the last battle occurs, guess what Doc, when you kick me off the ladder, I'm going to fall in the arms of my Lord God Almighty. Please come quickly, sweet Jesus!

Troy Wells

Aztec

VA care in Farmington has been good

Editor:

As a veteran of World War II, I have read some of the negative reporting about the Veteran's Affairs activity in certain areas of our nation.

However, I have to say that I have not experienced this in our local VA clinic (in Farmington) They have been so good to me, and I'm very thankful for their friendship and kindness and good care for me as a veteran.

Thanks again!

Llewelleyn D. Ingwaldson

Kirtland

Kiwanis thanks 'Clothes for Kids' volunteers

Editor:

On Nov. 4th and 5th the Rio del Sol Kiwanis Club held their Kiwanis Clothes for Kids annual shopping event at the Target Store on East Main. Approximately 330 elementary children from San Juan County were invited to shop for $100 each for school clothes, shoes, socks etc. This would not be possible without all the sponsors who contribute to this wonderful program: BHP Billiton, ConocoPhillips, BP America, Merrion Oil & Gas, American Association of Safety Engineers, Orthopedic Assoc., XRANM, Williams, American Classified, Howard's Cleaners, Farmington Daily Times and the many others who send contributions.

This event couldn't happen without the 60 to 70 community volunteers who come both evenings to help the children and their parents make their selections. Many of them are employees at the above named companies, many are students from Farmington High and Piedra Vista High schools, the Jr. Civitans and Kiwanians.

This year the Farmington Police Department sent some officers and swat team members to serve as personal shopper assistants to the children. The Police Department also brought the SWAT Vehicle so the children could clamber through and check it all out.

Bob Brooks is chairman for Clothes for Kids and he works closely with all the San Juan County elementary schools as the teachers and counselors select the children they feel are most in need of school clothes. These same children and their siblings have been invited to attend the upcoming Kiwanis Coats for Kids event to select a warm winter coat for the cold weather ahead.

The Kiwanis slogan is "Changing the World, One Child and One Community at a Time."

Thank you to everyone who helped, no matter how great or how small. This wouldn't have happened without all the support.

Jill McQueary

Rio del Sol Kiwanis Secretary

Please listen when veterans speak

Editor:

On Veterans Day we salute our veterans and extend our gratitude for their service. They are our relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers. These individuals committed to a cause larger than their own and accepted the challenge to defend our nation. From the beleaguered patriots encamped at Valley Forge to the greatest generation of World War II, from those who fought the cold and a determined foe in Korea to those who fought in the humid jungles of Vietnam, from the warriors of Desert Storm and Kosovo, to the latest veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq, each generation has contributed to the freedoms we all enjoy.

Within the New Mexico VA Health Care System, we have the privilege of providing health care to nearly 60,000 veterans. Through our urban and rural outreach efforts, inpatient and outpatient medical care, social work services, transportation assistance, and a myriad of other services, we are dedicated to improving the health care we deliver to our veterans and making every contact we have with them a positive, memorable experience.

Don’t just thank a veteran. I urge you to take the time to listen to their military experiences and learn of their sacrifices for our country. Please join us in honoring them.

Andrew Welch, Director,

New Mexico VA Health Care System

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