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Letter: World War II vets denied access to their memorial


Our World War II vets are in their 80’s and 90’s. They fought and sacrificed in some of the worst battles the world has ever seen. These brave and courageous men went to war and won the battle against evil. These men stormed the beaches of Normandy and fought the battles of the bulge and Iwo Jima. Thanks to them, freedom and our world were saved.

On Tuesday an Honor Flight from Mississippi was denied access to the WWII Memorial. This memorial is open air and does not require security despite a government shutdown.

Rep. Steven Palazzo who helped arrange this flight says both the White House and the Interior Department rejected his request for our veterans. The National Park Service was informed by the White House to shut it down.

With the help of representatives Palazzo, Louie Gohmert, Steve King, Michelle Bachman and Tom Harkin, these courageous veterans defied the Park Service and pushed through the barricades.

Under federal law, there is no legal or budget reasons whatsoever for the WWII memorial to be barricaded, shut down and fenced off.

Wisconsin Democrats Mark Pocan, Ron Kind and Gwen Moore voted against the funding measures. On Tuesday and Wednesday these individuals voted against resolutions to fund veteran benefits, the National Park Service, National Institute of Health and the District of Columbia. Wisconsin Republicans voted for the funding.

What President Obama’s administration is doing to our veterans is a disgrace. Our veterans were forced to break the law to see their memorial. The Korean and the Vietnam veterans Memorials are affected by this government shutdown.

The National Park Service has now reversed course, allowing veterans to see the WWII Memorial, but not other monuments.