Letters to the Editor

Letter: Not forgetting my son on Memorial Day

To the Editor:

Monday is Memorial Day, in which we honor military men and women (heroes) who served our country, in peace and in war.

I have a story to share with you, and it involves myself and other military parents who lost children (unknown little heroes) who lay in graves, who died from mysterious medical conditions.

Fort McClellan was closed in 1999 as a super fund cleanup base.

Contaminated bases, with multiple chemicals and hazardous exposures, now are known to be more than 140 bases in the U.S. Children lived on those bases.

I testified in the congressional hearings in Washington, D.C., in March 2007. Investigations continued on my testimony and from other women veterans. Institute of Medicine supported my testimony and others, with proper investigations.

I am sad to say that after 70 years of having no updated medical rating codes, the Department of Veterans Affairs stated that it needs more money to fix the problem.

Sue Frasier, with other veterans, is fighting for justice, as well as new medical code rating numbers to save lives of many soldiers now and in future years.

Acts of omission: a failure to perform a required act or duty; a sin which is committed by neglecting to perform a duty or to keep a law.

Every Memorial Day, I walk to my son's grave (who has no gravestone or name to be seen), place an American flag and say a prayer that no more children have to die horrible deaths, as he did.

Constance L. Sophia

Crystal Lake

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