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      No One Does More for Veterans
2013-2014 State Commander, Harry Carroll
2014 VFW Publications Contest
Dear Comrades and Sisters:   The New York Times published an opinion editorial on Tuesday entitled, Veterans and White Supremacy. The author, a young university academic who is also writing a book about Vietnam veterans and the radical right, used accused triple murderer Frazier Glenn Miller as the focus of her piece.    The First Amendment protects the free speech and expression rights of this young author, who earned a bachelor’s degree in 2005 from the University of Washington, and then two masters and a Ph.D. from Yale. She is now a Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department of Northwestern University, which now enables her to share her worldly views and ideologies with tomorrow’s college graduates. The First Amendment protects her right of expression and the rights of the New York Times to publish it, but it also protects my right to disagree with the message, which is why I am writing to you today.    The “crazy Vietnam veteran” label isn’t talked about much these days, yet despite 40 years of moving on with our lives and successfully reintegrating into our communities, we all know the potential is just another headline away. The shooting on Sunday in Overland Park, Kan., was as senseless as it is tragic, but we cannot allow political pundits, the media or our academicians to use the failings of one to once again paint all of us as damaged goods.    That is why I am asking that you send your personal comments directly to the New York Times, but in a positive manner, such as “I am a proud Vietnam veteran who came home from war, went to work, raised a family, and continues to help give back to my community and country. I am not damaged goods.”   Let them hear our voices by writing today to letters@nytimes.com.   Sincerely,   WILLIAM A. THIEN Commander-in-Chief
      Department of Tennessee         Veterans of Foreign Wars
      No One Does More for Veterans
2013-2014 State Commander, Harry Carroll
2014 VFW Publications Contest
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