- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I am troubled by many issues related to the upcoming election, but there is one issue in particular that I cannot get out of my thoughts. I am a disabled vet. I am not a hero — I just got injured a lot throughout the course of my career. I am blessed with a wonderful family and a good job for the time being. Even with my latest surgery, though, things continue to worsen and I do not know how long I will be allowed to telecommute and be a fully functional member of the workforce.

I have spent time in physical rehabilitation with other vets. Many of them are not as fortunate as I am, and continue to suffer beyond our comprehension. I have had the honor in this capacity to meet some of the finest Americans: men and women who gave us everything they had and lived because of our superior field medical capabilities. I am humbled with every experience.

As a nation, we have a history of forgetting veterans as our memories of the last war fade. With this election, veterans’ and military personnel issues are my biggest concern, not because of my situation, but for those vets and active-duty personnel who do not have a voice. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our country will soon have a level of severely disabled veterans for which we are not prepared.

We all have specific issues that matter to us: civil rights, homosexual “marriage,” abortion, freedom of religion, the Second Amendment, etc. What I humbly ask is that each of us question our political candidates at all levels about where they stand on issues related to veterans and military personnel, then consider their answers when voting.

KEN COPPAGE

Poolesville