Out and About – Week of March 21st

The media is filled with the trials and tribulations our veterans are faced with on a daily basis. Veterans are having difficulty finding jobs and receiving proper medical care. The Veterans’ Administration is doing what they can to help, but many things get bogged down due to the amount of paperwork that needs to be filled out. Our veterans have sacrificed an awful lot and need to have their needs met in a more efficient manner.
I am a member of several veteran’s groups who are available to assist when it comes to taking care of their brothers and sisters. They include the St. Joseph County Marine Corps League, American Legion, VFW, and The 40&8.
The St. Joseph County Marine Corps League is made up of Marines. I am an Associate Member, because I served in the U.S. Army, not the Corps. All you need to be a member is proof of military service and the desire to help those in need. The League helps those prior military personnel get the service they need and are entitled to. The other three groups do the same thing, and requirements for membership is just about the same. To be a member of the VFW, one had to have served in a combat zone. For more information on becoming a member of one of these fine groups, you may call any of the following numbers:
St. Joe County Marine Corps League Detachment 1401 – 269-503-2480
American Legion Post #170 in Three Rivers – 269-279-9695 (Larry Fitch)
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) – 269-279-7737 (Bill Thompson)
The 40&8 – 269-625-5855 (Jim Broadbridge)
Several years ago, while in the Richland/Gull Lake area, I was stopped by a Richland police officer. Evidently I was traveling over the posted speed limit. After writing me a citation, the officer warned me about having something hanging from my rearview mirror. It was only a pair of purple and white dice. The officer mentioned that having the dice hanging there obstructed my vision. I immediately removed them and have them hanging in my garage. It was a lesson learned, and I mention it now, because I’ve noticed that there are many drivers who have things hanging from their rearview mirrors. Even having a “Dream Catcher” hanging there could turn into a nightmare should you be pulled over by law enforcement.
I’d like to commend those individuals who contribute to the “Letters to the Editor” page of this newspaper. This column gives each of us the opportunity to voice our opinion on a variety of subjects. Whenever one sends a letter in, they do so with the understanding that there are going to be those who disagree with them. Please continue being a contributor, but realize that there are some people who don’t believe that we should agree to disagree at times. Remember, opinions are like noses. We all have one.
See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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