Originally Cont’d from Terrorists force VA to strip vet’s dignity 11-25-09
Veterans should not have to undergo such treatment.
Yes, I know the public must remove a belt to get through the airports. But we ain’t no ordinary John Q Public. We are the sons and daughters of a country that didn’t care what type of belt we used when sending us to fight some war America had (has?) little or no interest in being at war with in the first place.
And who decided to force us to take off the belt? Some new security chief? Has he even served in the military? Does he even work for the government, or is he part of some new, so-called cost-cutting measure to get some civilian business to run the show. I think a veteran would have more sensitivity, not only for the vet, but the people who work there and try their best to serve us.
We all must show our federal government-issued ID cards. If somebody suspects something is wrong, then you can single out that man or woman. Don’t subject all of us to this. Terrorism wins if we succumb to this deprivation.
I have to return to the VA center. Return on a monthly schedule. I told my representative there that I did not want to subject my self to this again. I have PTSD, for Christ sake, and I don’t want to feel like my own government is out to screw me again. I don’t want to make a scene, and I don’t want armed guards to have to escort somebody like me, who complains of this type of policy. I hope I don’t have face possible retaliation when I must visit again.
So please, Director of the Philadelphia VA Center. Loosen the belt policy. Let this veteran return in peace with his dignity intact.
(Letter sent to Philly VA Center while the anger is still red-hot)