1999-09-18 / Letters

POW Wants Bill Passed

Dear Editor;

(Letter to Senator Charles Schumer.)

My name is Leslie Brown, veteran of World War II. I am an ex-prisoner of war with 100 percent service connected disability. I am a member of the Big Apple P.O.W. chapter, and I am on the State Board of Directors of the P.O.W. of New York State.

House of Representatives passed bill HR784 without any opposition. Presently it is at the Senate, bill S1974, with amendment by Senator Specter.

It is a bill long overdue to give spouses of deceased ex-P.O.W.’s with 100 percent disability some measure of compensation after the veteran’s death.

I am married for 54 years. My disability during the years increased to 100 percent service connected. I can not put on record all the agonies I and my wife suffered all these years because of my extreme P.T.S.D. I needed her understanding of my sleepless nights and everlasting depression because of my memories of suffering and beatings during my months of capture in Stalag in Germany. Because of my religion I was severely beaten and it is documented in my VA files.

In the name of my comrades of 100 percent disabled P.O.W.’s, I ask you to vote for this bill, HR2280 and S1238, to give us the benefits our wives deserve.

LESLIE BROWN

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