To the editor:
Tomorrow and Saturday, members of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 74 — of which I am a member — will be offering blue Forget-Me-Nots in front of a number of businesses in Gloucester, seeking donations from the public.
We are all wounded warriors supporting our fellow wounded warriors. And 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of these Forget-Me-Nots will be used by DAV Chapter 74 to support our disabled veterans in the VA Hospitals in Massachusetts, as well as at the VA clinic in Gloucester.
These are our men and women from all wars, to include our current ones, who have sacrificed their bodies and psyches in the defense of our country and have often paid a high price for their sacrifices. Sadly, the number of our fellow comrades in arms who have suffered injury and disability in answering the call of our country is rising and not falling in this time of our War on Terrorism.
The proceeds from the donations for these Forget-Me-Nots goes to providing recreational, media and other morale and supplemental items for the benefit of these disabled veterans, the most recent being computers for the VA-Bedford Hospital. These are items that our veterans sorely need and which the VA hospitals, with their shrinking budgets and increased caseloads, cannot afford and which help our veterans spend their time while they are hospitalized, often for long periods.
Additionally, the monies have been used to provide short-term support to our fellow veterans in need. Over the past years the members of DAV Chapter 74 have raised thousands of dollars from the generosity and patriotism of the citizens of Gloucester for the support of those who need our assistance and who fought and suffered in the defense of our country and our freedoms. DAV Chapter 74 is very grateful for this outpouring of support.