For shame


To the Editor:

Going back to mid-February, I sent letters to the D.C. offices of Senators Reed and Whitehouse and Congressman Langevin (my district) references the VA’s denial of benefits regarding a hearing aid for my husband, an Army veteran who served in post-war Korea. The denial, we were told, was due to my income. Believing very strongly that a person’s service should stand on its own merit, I related my feelings to the above mentioned. Whether or not we would get any satisfaction, I still requested acknowledgments from the legislators and/or their staff.

Given that the only reply came from Sen. Reed’s office, I sent follow-ups in mid-April, along with my original, to the Rhode Island offices of both Sen. Whitehouse and Congressman Langevin. As of this writing, it is June, and still no feedback.

While continuing to find the inability to receive benefits disconcerting, I find the lack of any reply even more disgraceful. Maybe there are bigger fish to fry, Senator Whitehouse and Congressman Langevin, but courtesy is courtesy.

Joan Foley



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