De­serv­ing vet­er­ans

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Thank you for your re­cent cov­er­age of mil­i­tary ben­e­fits and Iraqi war vet Ser­ena Hay­den.

I’ve had oc­ca­sion to spend time with Ser­ena over the past sev­eral years. She does have a daz­zling smile. She also has a kind and gen­tle spirit. She’s in­tro­spec­tive and quiet but quick to laugh. And at 28, she has been through more in one year than I’ve been through in 57.

I, like many Amer­i­cans, will never be able to fully grasp the enor­mity or com­plex­i­ties of the sac­ri­fice she and all ser­vice men and women make ev­ery day. I’m sure that sac­ri­fice too of­ten doesn’t end with their ser­vice, but con­tin­ues to take a phys­i­cal and emo­tional toll. All vet­er­ans de­serve noth­ing less than the high­est re­gard and sup­port our coun­try can pro­vide.

I hope Ser­ena’s right­ful request for ben­e­fits is granted quickly; she has earned them — and noth­ing should ever dim that smile.

Peggy FrAsier peg­gyfrasier@att.net

austin

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