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Letter of the week—May 28th, 2012

I am a proud naturalized American citizen who came to the United States with $400 and worked for my entire education, from high school to graduate school. I have benefited from the generosity of many Americans who helped me along the way.

As part of my commitment to give back to this great country, I became a volunteer at a nonprofit to support veterans and servicemembers. Since the group's founding, we have sourced, packed, and mailed close to 150 tons of care packages to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have many Vietnam veterans in our group who are leading the way.

We have an obligation to our returning veterans, especially the severely wounded warriors. We must not lose sight of this obligation to our men and women who sacrificed their lives to defend our freedom.

I hope all Americans will pledge a lifelong commitment to looking after our veterans from Iraq and every war. Let’s not play partisan politics in Washington when it comes to our country’s obligations to our veterans, especially to the severely wounded. We may lead busy lives, but please remember that their injuries and needs will be lifelong. We can not let them and their families down. As veterans come home, our true responsibility is just beginning.

I sincerely hope President Obama will lead the country, and Congress, in making a commitment to support the severely wounded for life. Maybe with the realization of this lifelong responsibility, it will make our leaders think twice before we are led into another war and place our men and women in uniform in harm’s way.

God bless our soldiers. God bless their families. God Bless America.

—Judy, New Jersey

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