Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

June 14, 2013

Letter to the Editor: Let them in

Bill Caughey
Journal-Express

Knoxville — To the Editor:

I read with interest the article regarding " COMPLAINTS MAY KEEP YOUTH OUT OF VSO'S ". What exactly were the complaints? Were 15/16 year olds drinking in these locations causing police officers to respond? 

I believe Jack Spaur was articulate enough in his explanation of when youths may be present. I also believe the managers of these locations are competent enough to ask for ID when age verification is necessary and would not serve any alcohol to an underage patron. 

My biggest issue is with the fact that an underage VETERAN would not be allowed into the LEGION or the VFW to socialize with other VETERANS. You can socialize without drinking. After a very stressful deployment overseas, this gathering with other VETERANS may help them unwind.

In February 1968 I was a Combat Marine home on leave from Vietnam. I was only 19. I did not turn 20 until March. While on leave I found myself being arrested for possession of beer as a minor. I was a minor all right. 

The elected officials deemed we minors were not mature enough to vote or drink but we were mature enough to be sent to a foreign land to fight a war our elected officials got us involved in. Knoxville lost some outstanding young men to that war. I knew some of them. But according to our elected officials these brave men would still not be mature enough to enter the LEGION OR VFW. 

All of our VETERANS, regardless of age, have the right to enter these locations. They earned it !!!!! 

Bill Caughey

Knoxville