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Symbolic gesture recognizes veterans’ service, benefits


Concededly, it was just a dinner, hardly representative of any groundbreaking development.

Nonetheless, it was doubtlessly appreciated by the veterans who accepted its invitation.

A feast sponsored by the Texas Veterans Affairs Committee was held late last month in the Rio Grande Valley enclave of Harlingen. Its purpose: to publicly honor and thank veterans who have served the country through military service.

The affair might have reasonably been termed a gala, being a catered event hosted by state senators that was preceded by a high-profile VA hearing encouraging vets’ participation.

State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., underscored his appreciation for veterans’ altruism and sacrifice, citing his “deep respect for every person who has served our country.”

That respect is of course widely shared by many millions of Americans. It is particularly evident in Texas, a state with an especially deep history of service participation and selfless commitment by men and women alike.

Respect is one thing, though, and not always instantly transferable to any assurance that a veteran who honorably served the nation will receive the benefits to which he or she is duly entitled. That sad reality has been often spotlighted over the years by tales of vets falling through proverbial cracks in the floor when they need the VA’s help with disability-linked compensation and related claims.

We duly note that injustice on our website at the Killeen law firm of Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, a legal office that provides diligent and empathetic representation to vets and their families concerning service-tied disability matters. We point out that, “Those who serve our country put their lives on the line for others.” Consequently, they absolutely deserve to receive promised benefits.

We play a proud role in helping them to secure that outcome, and welcome contacts to the firm concerning VA-related questions or concerns.