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I submitted a letter a few weeks ago regarding what the local veterans’ organizations do in El Dorado County. It was well received and I wish to express my appreciation to the editor for publishing it.
I would like to take this opportunity to inform the veterans of El Dorado County what the veterans organizations do at the state and national level.
We are fortunate to have here in El Dorado County a very efficient and well informed Veterans Services officer and staff. I am aware that many veterans are already making use of this service to help meet their needs and solve the problems the individual veterans might have. It gives me a sense of security to know, while I am fortunate enough to have no known medical problems at this time, that in the future this department will be there if I have need of assistance. This also pertains to all you veterans, young or old, who might also require help in the future.
Now I ask, are you aware of the fact that the funding for these departments and medical facilities come from our congressional representatives at the state and federal level? Do you really believe they are providing this funding because they love us? Your veterans’ organizations have representatives in state capitols and in Washington, D.C., to constantly represent the needs of all veterans now and in the future. Every day your veterans’ organizations are in contact with your senators and representatives, informing them of your needs, medical, educational, etc., now and in the future.
With the ever increasing number of young veterans returning from overseas tours and the need for medical treatment now and far in the future, we must ensure that these benefits will always be available. We as veterans must join together and make sure these benefits will always be available for the sake of present veterans and veterans of the future, as the veterans in the past have made sure these benefits have been available for you and me.
We must make sure that veterans’ medical facilities are well staffed and available to meet the needs of all veterans now and in the future, this is why I am asking for your assistance. Join one of the local veterans’ organizations and lend your voice, your presence and your membership. “Join up and join in,” we need you now, so that in the future when you may need us, we will be there.
Information on meetings and membership may be obtained by phone at 530-622-0533 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. I am a Navy veteran and a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 275. If you are or were an enlisted member of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard, active duty, reserve or retired, honorably discharged, regardless of time served, you are eligible for membership. You may contact me at [email protected] or phone 530-644-5385. The Website address for Branch and Unit 275 is frabranch275.org.
WILLIAM O. “DAVE” DAVIDSON