Rarely a week goes by that advocacy for veterans health care and services is not part of a column or news story in this newspaper. I, too, support care for our veterans, but I also advocate for universal health care for all Americans. Cut the obscene defense budget and focus on peace not war.

Another way to offset the high cost of veteran care is to reduce the number of war veterans.

In recent weeks President Trump, who did all he could to avoid becoming a veteran himself, has been stupidly threatening war with Iran, recently over a lost drone. We should collectively suggest to Trump that drones or invented weapons of mass destruction are not worth the lives of young Americans. Don’t let Trump lie us into another useless war.

Richard Shafer

Pullman

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