To the Editor:

U.S. veterans, your rights and benefits are at stake.

We are losing many World War II veterans every day.

We are not only losing comrades who were willing to give whatever it took to preserve our freedom, we are losing our strength when it comes to protecting veterans' benefits.

We all know there is strength in numbers. Every year membership is declining in all veterans organizations.

We especially have to protect our veterans who reside in Veterans Administration hospitals.

There are many veterans organizations in the Greater New Milford area. As commander of the American Legion Post 31, I ask you strongly consider joining our ranks or the ranks of other service organizations.

Together, we can speak and act to protect and better the lives of veterans. It is the most effective way to honor those who have passed before us and ensure our nation's continued gratitude to our living veterans.

Those interested in joining Ezra Woods Post 31, contact Commander Jeffrey B. McBreairty, call 860-354-1962 or stop by the American Legion Post at 377 Kent Road.

Any of our members will be glad to share information concerning the organization.

There are many benefits and aid available to the veteran, ranging from education, to prescription medication, to health care and other areas.

For many of us, the benefits are much more liberal than when you perhaps checked them last.

Many income restrictions have been dropped. A much broader qualifying time span has been implemented.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions. That's part of my job as Post 31 commander.

We may not be able to directly help but I can assure you, we will assist in any way possible to get you an answer.

Naturally, this service is available to families and friends of veterans seeking to assist their loved ones who have served. This is a service available to any U.S. veteran, not just American Legion or VFW members.

I have heard from some Vietnam veterans who are still bitter over the treatment they received when they came home.

Some of our senior veterans did not consider Vietnam a war. This attitude has changed. You have to change your attitude also, if not for yourself, for your fellow veteran who is depending on our government for their care.

You have served your country proudly, but your duty is not over yet. Now you have to preserve what you saved.

Vote and encourage others to do so. Set the example.

Your war is over, but your duty continues.

Jeffrey B. McBreairty

Commander

American Legion Post 31

New Milford