Murkowski works for vets

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, June 08, 2004

We read with sadness Mr. Kohn's attempt to suggest that Gov. Murkowski, Sen. Murkowski and former Commissioner of Administration Miller don't support veterans. Perhaps the following will set the record straight.

Fact: The Knowles administration talked about getting veterans access to veterans home benefits. In eight years, no veteran was able to access those benefits in Alaska.

Fact: Gov. Murkowski, working with Sen. Murkowski, will sign legislation on June 15 that will provide a veterans home in Alaska and allow veterans to receive veterans home benefits for the first time in Alaska.

The next step is to work with the U.S. Veterans Administration to extend those benefits to more than one Pioneers Home in Alaska.

Veterans in Alaska supported the first step taken by converting the Palmer Pioneers Home to the Palmer Pioneers and Veterans Home. Veterans know the difference between talk and action. Veterans will be able to judge eight years of talk from a Knowles administration and two years of action and outcome by the Murkowski administration.

There is an old saying, "the proof is in the pudding." Because of a well-developed plan, hard work and action, Alaskan veterans are no longer dreaming of what could be. After over 20 years of discussion, there will be a Veterans Home in Alaska. This is cause for celebration.

John Vowell

Pioneers Home director

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