DAV Magazine — March/April 2018
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Hitler in America

I was stunned and outraged of the cover that was chosen for the January/February 2018 issue of DAV Magazine. Anything to do with the swastika and Nazism has no place on the front cover. I have no issue with it being an article in the publication. However, I can think of other more prominent photos to be on the front cover. Alex and Kathy Szewczyk, Tonawanda, N.Y.

I read your story, “Hitler in America,” and found it very interesting. I was wondering if you knew why these Nazi groups were not placed in interment camps like the Japanese. It seems that the Japanese-Americans were treated far worse, and as far as I know they were not making the threats of killing and hanging actors just because they were Jewish. Thank God we had veterans to root out this evil. Tommy R. Loyd, Aurora, Colo.


I was heartened to read the feature about the use of acupuncture as an alternative to opioid prescriptions [“Alternative solutions”] in the November/December 2017 issue of DAV Magazine. I have used acupuncture in the past and found it helpful with my chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. I canceled my opioid prescription with the VA when I was approved by the state of New Hampshire for therapeutic cannabis. I am finding that this alternative to my longterm use of opiates is invaluable, and I am hopeful DAV will support the many alternative solutions to opiates, including medical marijuana. Paul Nichols, New Hampshire

Women veterans

Commander Delphine Metcalf- Foster’s commentary in the November/December 2017 magazine reflects the exact sentiment I have in regard to raising the voices of women veterans. I suffer from service-connected disabilities from my 20-plus years of service that sometimes bring me down to very low points. My husband graciously tells others who thank him for his service that I, in fact, was the one who served. It is nice to know that our proud women veterans are not alone as long as DAV is around. Barbara J. Allison, Via email

DAV helped

I was in a vehicle accident while on active duty, and my lower back was injured. I was discharged by the Air Force and began receiving disability. The VA eventually dropped my rating even though my back was getting worse. DAV was able to get a rating increase and has fought alongside me throughout the years. To anyone thinking about joining DAV, do it. DAV will help you and fight for you throughout your life. Thanks, DAV, for helping me and amplifying the voice of veterans. Richard G. Carrillo, Ojo Felize, N.M.

VA health care

My late husband and I both served and were both rated at 100 percent service connection. There were times we were caregivers, and times we received the care. I was always treated with respect and included in his care-planning meetings, but at some hospitals he did not receive that same level of respect from my care team. Today, I am glad to say that my boyfriend is given a higher level of respect and is included in my care. In fact, he’s treated on an equal level with my adult daughter. I thank God for my VA health care and the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. Linda Hutchinson, North Augusta, S.C.



I want to thank DAV for sharing my story [“Surviving and thriving”] in the [November/December 2017] magazine. It meant the world to me. I went through the toughest struggle in my life. I hope my story can inspire others that, when the odds are against you, one can be a survivor. Tom Cousino

I was just reading the statement from the DAV national commander in the [January/February 2018 issue] of the magazine. I sit here with a broken heart and tears I can’t stem the flow of. My husband served three combat tours (two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan). He sustained a traumatic brain injury that continued to worsen, among other physical injuries, until he had to be medically retired a year ago. I had no clue there is caregiver help, but I am hurt to read that the commander didn’t get to access what is available because of a stupid date. Regina Urbanski


On Page 15 of the January/ February issue, Noah Bunch and his wife, Shirley, were misidentified as Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hall.

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