Long Term Care
If we fight wars, we must take care of our veterans

To the editor: Thanks to columnist Steve Lopez for keeping the issues facing veterans like Paul Cooper and others with CalVet's West Los Angeles Veterans Home in the news. ("For ailing veterans, endless government delays," Sept. 13) Ironically, in the same paper The Times reports that $262.5 million has been spent over the last few weeks on airstrikes in our new Iraq conflict and $1.2 trillion total has been spent on the ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In contrast, it will take two years, if the funds can be found, to build a kitchen in the new CalVet facility. From Ronald Reagan through Barack Obama, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been leasing property...