One of the issues candidates running for statewide or national office like to champion is help for veterans.

Promises made on the campaign trail, however, typically don’t see results once those candidates are in office. The VA hospital system continues to be not up to par and it’s not necessarily because of those working there. You can only stretch certain things such as staff and funding so far.

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This is why organizations like the American Legion and VFW are so important. Our service officers help veterans navigate an overly complicated V.A. System and provide other resources where they can. Our lobbyists are the ones standing in front of the legislature and demanding that this country keep its promises and honor its debts to those it sent and those it spent. As the former commander of the American Legion Post in Loganville, I am keenly aware of the efforts of veterans to help their brethren, even when our elected officials let us down. Thom Williams, Past-Commander, American Legion Post 233, Loganville, GA

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