"Second Class Veterans" DEFENDED
by N.R. Filidei (05/12/12 - commentary)

May 12, 2012

Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625

Dear Governor Chris Christie,

This is written you pre-Memorial Day and in open letter form quite purposefully.

Besides being quite timely, this open exposing of dirty-little-secret kept from most that State of New Jersey (just like American Legion & VFW) doesn't respect, accept or even acknowlege that Service to Country by Cold War Era Veterans is or was ever worthwhile and to be recognized as such,...will no longer remain secret.

Plus, shame on all alluded to for such a Longtime (since Feb.1, 1955) Biased Insulting of myself and buddies' Serving Country Faithfully just as well (if not better) than most.

There were/are no wussies, rear echelon or PX commandos in Recon Companies or Troops.

Thus, and in that context one hopes that you or any other Honorable types in Trenton with some authority or muscle will finally, wisely and justly rectify that longtime absurdity of Preferentially Denying that small Veterans Home Property Tax Exemption for all Honorably Discharged Cold War Veterans.

After all, isn't it just-plain-wrong (quite Snobbishly Exclusionary & Insulting also) to keep on chronologically or by: "CORRECT Years of Service" or "CORRECT Dates of Service" decreeing which Honorable Veterans are/were better, more valued and should be preferentially gifted that very small property tax exemption? Of course such is biased and unfair.

As to Legion and VFW also chronologically using same dates for denying Honorably Discharged: "Cold War Warriors" both memberships and even being listed on veteran rolls nationwide,...who-the-hell-cares? I most certainly don't need recognition from such.

Such biased and preferential veterans' clubs, organizations or fraternities, just like even the most prestigious of country clubs ARE NOT FUNDED by Public Funds and/or Taxpayer Monies. Thus, "They usually do as they snobbishly-exclusionary and quite selectively-superior damn-well-please.

Whereas with that Property Tax Exemption that People of New Jersey have longtime been fooled believing "They" were generously gifting TO ALL Honorable Veterans having selflessly and bravely Served Country,...that's a whole different story. All New Jersey Taxpayers have been duped.

A longtime asininely biased, selective, exclusionary or preferentially denying Cold War Veterans anything whatsoever aside, are such preferential allocations or gifting of Public Funds according to: "CORRECT Dates of Service" or as both Legion and VFW so dictate or decree solely valid,...EVEN LEGAL???

Regardless, I thank you in advance for any effort on your behalf at rectifying this longtime insulting and never ending NJ State plus National Travesty, suffered by We Honorable Cold War Veterans.

Best Wishes, My Salute & "GarryOwen" from this ex-Trooper.


N.R. Filidei / AMVETS & U.S. 7th Cavalry Association member
201 Remsen Avenue
Avenel, NJ 07001

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