2017-04-13 / Letters

Trying to help CSM Mike Davis

TO THE EDITOR:

Approximately 75 days ago, I embarked in an effort along with the family and friends of Command Sergeant Major Michael Davis to assist in gaining access to a Veterans Administration nursing home. CSM Davis’ wife and daughter called me asking for help.

We launched a letter-writing campaign and fundraising effort to keep CSM Davis in a private nursing home where he suffers from dementia and other ailments while we pled with the Veterans Administration for help. Two packets of letters in support of CSM Davis were garnered from friends and co-workers and sent to the Veterans Administration and to the President of the United States. To date there has been no response to those letters. Likewise, I wrote to every member of the Senate Armed Services Committee imploring them to help the best soldier I have ever known. Not even one of them had the common courtesy to respond. I did write separate letters to my Senators from Kentucky with a similar appeal.

Senator Rand Paul responded in about 60 days wanting CSM Davis to complete a Privacy Act form before attempting to help. Senator Mitch McConnell responded with a similar letter asking for the same form which was supposed to be included in his letter but was not. His staff wasn’t paying attention but he is still responsible for what leaves his office.

Members of Congress are constantly railing about how important our veterans are and how they deserve the best care possible but that is apparently merely lip serviceand none of them are doing anything to help veterans. CSM Davis’ case is a prime example. He served on active duty for 29 years with distinction. He was my Command Sergeant Major at the United States Disciplinary Barracks and I can say I never saw a better NCO in my life. With CSM Davis it was “mission first, people always.”

The VA has only given CSM Davis 17 percent disability and claims his dementia is not service-related. Isn’t his 29 years of distinguished and honorable service enough of a qualification in his time of need? Service connection should not be a determining factor. The Senators that I wrote to and failed to even acknowledge my letters were: Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Senator Joe Donnelley (DIN), Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Senator Maize Hirono (D-HI), Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Senator Angus King (IME), Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Senator David Perdue (R-GA), Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD), SenatorBen Sasse (R-NE), Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) now Attorney General, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), SenatorDanSullivan (R-AK), Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS). I hope voters will remember these uncaring, unresponsive politicians in upcoming elections and act accordingly. I know I will.

GREG LOWE

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