Tahlequah Daily Press

Letters to editor

July 5, 2011

Veterans deserve pay

TAHLEQUAH — Editor: Daily Press

I just returned from spending three days with my son, Kevin Gourd, who is in the National Guard and is being deployed to Afghanistan.

In recent months, it has come to my attention that a number of others who are already there, are being deployed, and/or returned have experienced considerable problems getting paid, getting reimbursement for travel, etc. In my humble opinion, the lack of pay should not be a concern since they are, were, or are about to be placed in harm’s way.

Since Kevin is out of the Norman Unit, my searches for help were difficult at best. Somehow, I found a contact within the National Guard about which I was completely unaware. Carolyn Jones not only followed up on our issues, she has called just to make sure all is well for now. You cannot ask for a more dedicated person than she has demonstrated. And, upon being asked, she assured me that I have her permission to disseminate her contact information.

Since that time, I keep multiple copies with me at all times – so when anyone mentions problems of paying mortgages, buying food, paying insurance or other bills (like medical) – I give them this information. To my mind, there is absolutely no excuse for not being paid for their service to our country, yet somehow there continues to be a problem. And, all that without even reference to the problems our veterans experience.

So, cut this information out and attach it to the refrigerator or anywhere you are certain it will be immediately available, like your purse or billfold. And, likewise, if you lose it or someone mentions a problem, feel free to call me at any time and I will give it to anyone.

My phone number is (918) 931-8309; my email is charlesgourd2@gmail.com.

National Guard contact: Family Assistance; Carolyn Jones (405) 573-7375 and 7275, cell phone is (405) 388-3474; Booker, (405) 573-7139, emergency cell is (405) 496-5256.

Charles Gourd

Park Hill

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