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You didn't have to serve in a 'war zone', just in a time of war

To The Daily Sun,
A letter in your Jan. 14 edition, by Eric T. Rottenecker USN is not totally true. Myself and many other "Cold War" veterans and veterans that served during times of conflict receive the veterans town/city tax reduction allowed by law. We did not have to serve in a war zone, we did not have to serve in any time of conflict. The law authorizes the tax deduction if you served during times of conflict or, for cold war vets, wound up with a medical condition while serving, and received an honorable discharge. I believe the seaman may have forgotten that all who serve their country signed a blank check upon entry and without all the support functions we performed the wars won, lost and that came out neither totally won or lost would have been for naught.
I am not without great appreciation and respect for those combat veterans who lost their lives or came home with serious mental and/or physical trauma, however it is important to know the veterans here at the New Hampshire Veterans Home filled all of the combat and supports functions, both enlisted, officers, men and women, that were necessary to complete the missions we were asked to do.
The last item in this dialog is that you must be a property owner/tax payer in the town/city the tax reduction is requested from.
With my highest regards for all who served, may god bless you!
Bill Bertholdt, President,

N.H. Veterans Home Resident Council


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Essential for state to address all aspects of addiction problem

To The Daily Sun,

As the Legislature works to provide support and recovery programs for N.H. residents caught in an addiction cycle, the state must not neglect children in affected families. Addiction is a disease that challenges the family structure. Parents who are dealing with addiction fail to meet the physical and emotional needs of their children. Growing up in a drug-culture environment is toxic to a child's brain develop with long lasting health and psychosocial problems. Separation of children from their parents disrupts familial attachments and creates problems with trusting relationships. The family must be treated and supported so these problems don't spill over to another generation.

The Division of Children, Youth and Families (DYCF) must be empowered to provide help for these families, ensure a safe and nurturing environment and permit children to grow up drug free. The resources for DCYF have tightened over recent years resulting in overtaxed social workers and less effective interventions. Staff has been cut and caseloads have increased. We need to provide the caseworkers with both the time and resources to support our families in crisis. With burgeoning caseloads of substance abusing families, access to experts in addiction interventions is necessary to better manage these families.

If the state wants to conquer this epidemic, it is essential to address all aspects of this problem. A focus on needs of the affected families is a major strategy to avoid a myriad of social costs and the re-emergence of this epidemic in years to come.

Rep. Sue Ford

Grafton District #3
CASA, Retired School Administrator

Rep. Skip Berrien

Rockingham District#18
CASA, Retired Pediatrician

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