I am a U.S. military veteran. I served eight years on active duty (1951-1959), with one of those years in a combat zone in Korea. With the media attention being given to the upgrade in services to veterans in this country, I want to make the public aware that all is not fair and just in the criteria that says which true veterans will receive services.

I have many medical problems: sarcoidosis, renal failure, diabetes and multiple eye diseases. Due to my visual problems, I can no longer drive, read, cook or walk unassisted. My physicians recommended that supplemental support at the Veterans Administration Medical Facilities would help.

I went to the VA office with all the required documentation of my military service, medical records, personal property ownership and income (including that of my spouse). I was denied benefits with the explanation that I exceeded the financial threshold.

I am not a person of means and do not have a large income. I have tried to change this outcome through contact with several VA offices and the U.S. congressional office. These efforts have proved useless.

It appears to me that if I were a dissident from Cuba, a refugee from the Middle East or any unlawful non-citizen crossing our borders into a sanctuary environment, my needs would be addressed enthusiastically. Our country needs to support veterans — they are the ones who have sacrificed so much to give us the freedom.

Wyatt Fulbright

Mellow Valley