Chapter #8 of the Disabled American Veterans is one of the oldest in the country. In 2020 our chapter turns 90 years old. Our mission is to take care of all disabled veterans, their families, widows, and orphans. We also help around 400 veterans a year with their VA disability claims.
On the 15th of January one of the service officers was opening our office when he discovered the building had been burglarized. I went there to assess the damage while the police were taking the report. What I saw inside filled me with so much anger, even Darth Vader would walk the other way if he saw me coming.
Our building was trashed. Anything with a lock was broken. Historical items were taken. They opened a MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) on the POW/MIA table. Then they ate some of it while ransacking the place.
I am not angry about the TV, computer, and other common things that were taken. Those can be replaced. I’m angry because they took historical objects and documents of our chapter’s history. This included items from past commanders and documents from our history as a chapter. These things hold no value to anyone else. To our members they are priceless. Those cannot be replaced ever!
The disrespect shown by these thieves goes beyond anything I could have imagined. I think they were either ignorant of what the items meant, or they knew and didn’t care. The lack of respect to all the veterans everywhere is despicable.
It is disheartening to know that there are people who would dishonor the sacrifices made by veterans in this country. These morons still need to be caught and prosecuted.
We have been blessed that the community here is overwhelmingly supportive. Business owners, citizens, and even other veteran groups have rallied to support us. The support has renewed my faith that people really do care. It has helped to strengthen the bond between the community and its veterans.
Written by Rob Kaminski