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March 19, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For March 19

Sen. Donnelly supports Veterans History Project

 

Hoosiers have a long and proud history of serving our nation in times of war, and it is vitally important that we learn from the experiences of veterans. That is why I am proud to support the Veterans History Project through the Library of Congress. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for family members of veterans, fellow veterans, or young people to interview a veteran of World War II, the Korean, Vietnam or Persian Gulf wars, or the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

These histories are compiled through audio or video-recorded interviews, in addition to gathering original correspondence, photographs, and diaries. I have interviewed several Indiana veterans for this project in the past, so I can attest that it is a very rewarding experience to hear firsthand the tales of bravery and challenges faced while serving our country.  

I encourage all Hoosier veterans to share their stories for this important archive. For more information on how to submit your story or to learn about how to interview a veteran in your community, visit http://www.loc.gov/vets or call my office at 317-226-5555.

It is an honor to serve the thousands of veterans and all Hoosiers in the U.S. Senate.

— Sen. Joe Donnelly, Indiana

 

 

Political madness has to stop

 

Government is its own special interest — and it’s got to stop.

President Obama shutters the White House to the public, puts border patrol agents on unpaid leave and deprives our servicemen of tuition assistance, claiming a 2 percent cut in spending leaves him no choice. At the same time, he takes lavish vacations and gives millions of dollars in foreign aid to hostile governments like Egypt and Pakistan.

Both political parties agreed on the 2 percent sequester cuts over a year ago and both sides had enough time to figure out how to make those cuts as painless as possible. Instead, they squandered their time just like they’ve wasted our money, and now have the audacity to tell our soldiers they can’t go to college.

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