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Treatment of veterans shameful

December 1, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

Recently, one of the last of the warriors of World War II, from Traprock, went on to his reward at the age of 92 years. There are still two more men left living. This departure left a very bad feeling in the hearts of the few who have been aware of the dilemma these veterans faced throughout their retirement. After these veterans served us well during the war with the extreme hardships they encountered, they returned to the United States, found a job and went on with life.

When it came to retiring and collecting the Social Security that they paid for 40-plus years, they were told that they were in the "Notch Years" by being born between 1919 and 1923 so they would receive $100 less than every other retiree not born during this time.

There were many letters to our congressmen, veterans' organizations and nothing was ever done because of the few survivors of World War II in this age bracket.

Well, now those bureaucrats can be happy because one more veteran will not be asking for his due. I am ashamed of the whole bunch in Washington for ignoring these true patriots since 1980.

Albert Koskela

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