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Letter: Vets have earned this small pleasure

Re “A bit of kindness for aged veterans” (Monitor editorial, Oct. 9):

A great editorial! When people enter the service, just imagine what they have to give up in order to serve their country: freedom to dress however they choose, to come and go as they please, to be present for family activities and holidays, only to mention a few. They willingly enter into a life that involves strict discipline, life-threatening situations and perhaps even death.

Don’t these men and women who gave so much so that we here at home can enjoy the freedom most of us take for granted deserve the simple pleasure they get from smoking a cigarette?

To be turned away from a home for veterans simply because they enjoy a cigarette occasionally, especially when the home has provided a place for smokers, seems to me to be most unreasonable.

I realize that smoking is bad for your health, but these mostly elderly folks deserve every little bit of pleasure they have earned.

ELIZABETH TERRELL

Concord

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