To the editor of THE EAGLE:

As we near another Memorial Day, I’d like to take time to remember our veterans, male and female, who have sacrificed so much so that we can be free.

Every year we are losing more of them. World War II, Korea and Vietnam. We are glad for all who made it home without problems. World War II showed us the Bataan death march, which many didn’t survive. Some Korean War veterans were captured and made to forsake home and family. Some were rejected and called traitors when they came home. Then came Vietnam, where the troops never knew where the "front" was or even who the real enemy was. Friend today, maybe not so tomorrow. Many spent horrible time in the "Hanoi Hilton," only to be called baby-killers and spat upon when they came home, all because of the actions of a few bad apples.

I hope that those returning now will consider joining service organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. My dad served in World War II and belonged to both. Because of what my father taught me, I respect all veterans. These organizations fight for legislation to help our service members and are here on a local level for information and support.

The problems the vets are having today at VA hospitals are similar to what vets faced in the 1970s -- not enough care when it is needed most. Each was different, yet the problems faced are all the same. Help is available.

So to all, be thankful for those who came home, remember those who did not, and honor all who served. All gave some -- some gave all.

BARB CASUSCELLI

North Adams