The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 10, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013


Visit and thank our veterans this week

No one should be alone on Valentine’s Day and this year, no one has to be. I would like to personally invite every one of your readers to show their love and appreciation to the veterans who defended their freedoms by visiting the Beckley Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center as part of the National Salute to Veteran Patients, Feb. 10-16.

Your readers can join our “Visit a Vet for Valentine’s Day” program or arrange for a visit through our Public Affairs Office during National Salute week to visit veterans at our medical center and remind them that their sacrifices are not forgotten.

However, the love doesn’t have to end on Valentine’s Day. Many of our veterans are coming to the Department of Veterans Affairs with special needs and challenges that require the hearts and hands of a new generation of VA volunteers. Beckley VA Medical Center invites citizens, young and old, to join us in honoring our veterans year round by learning more about VA’s volunteer program as well.

Every citizen can make a positive difference in the life of a veteran patient. Visits from community groups do so much to lift the spirits of our patients. I invite every member of our community to participate.

Beckley VA Medical Center’s National Salute to Veterans activities will include the Beckley debut of the Glenville State College’s Veterans Legacy Project on Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. in the medical center’s auditorium with patriotic music by West Virginia veteran George Daugherty (aka the Duke of Dunbar and the Earl of Elkview) and a brief project overview from Director Dr. Bob Henry Baber which will include poignant short stories of the interviewed vets. The community is invited to join us for this free event.

Additionally, a stunning 36-piece photography exhibit, display of the publication of “West Virginia Veterans, Heroes Among Us,” and the showing of the hourlong documentary “A Tradition of Service” will be available throughout the evening until 7 p.m. Complimentary replications of dog tags of West Virginians killed in action will be given out to attendees.

Call Debbie Voloski, our public affairs officer, at 304-255-2121, ext. 4883, for more information.

Karin L. McGraw, MSN, FACHE

Beckley VA Medical Center

Letters have ignored Hyde amendment

Over the last couple of months, numerous letters have appeared in Our Readers Speak stating that “tax dollars are being used for abortions.” This is a complete falsehood.

The Hyde amendment is a “rider” clause that has been attached to every appropriations bill since 1976 which specifically forbids the use of federal funds to pay for abortions with the exceptions of rape or incest or life endangerment. The Hyde amendment was also applied to the Affordable Care Act.

The writers of these letters making these erroneous claims about federally funded abortions are either badly misinformed or intentionally lying and if they are objecting to the rape, incest or endangerment clause, they are in a very tiny minority.


Randy Crawford