To the editor of THE EAGLE:
Director of Veterans Services Rosanne Frieri should be commended and not suspended for her efforts to help our young vets of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning Program is a big step for all participants and will shorten the time for them to return home to their families, easing the anxieties and stress of the terrible consequences of war on all of our veterans. Director Frieri has invested almost a thousand dollars to go to Chicago to attend a workshop there on the horse therapy program. It is apparent, that as of this moment she has not been reimbursed by the city of Pittsfield.
As a veteran, I urge the mayor to get behind Director Frieri and push through the help that is needed to get things back on track.
The federal government has just passed a bill that President Obama signed to speed up treatment for our veterans. Surely the mayor will apply to the VA to get some of the funds that are being made ready for the treatment of our combat veterans -- yes, even the ones who director Frieri got suspended for when she tried to help them.
Let us all take a deep breath, start all over again, and let us not keep our vets in limbo until the director is returned to doing the job that she is better than anyone else at doing, according to some of the veterans she has been working with.
A disabled veteran of World War II, the writer is chaplain and treasurer of Chapter 15 of the Disabled American Veterans.