Sidney Moss: WWII vet against VA plan to close Leeds facility

Published: 5/20/2022 10:33:42 AM
Modified: 5/20/2022 10:31:57 AM

I am deeply opposed to the potential closing of our local Veterans Administration hospital in Leeds. I am very grateful that our congressional representative Jim McGovern is opposing this recommendation (“McGovern to VA chief: Hospital closure plan flawed,” May 14).

It’s vital that this facility remain open because it is a necessary and iconic symbol of democracy in our community. As a veteran of World War II, I have personally benefited from services provided by the VA in Leeds since moving here 10 years ago. I join the support given by many other veterans, caregivers, and staff for keeping this facility open and viable.

We need to expand the recognition of protecting those public services that benefit all of us, especially the more than $200 million that has already been invested in this facility highlights its importance. I believe that the VA in Leeds is the right organization to offer services to veterans because it is rooted and involved in our community.

So I oppose the proposed transfer of these services to another site in Springfield. I think that we and our community should not be deprived of this excellent and effective familiar institution which offers vital services.

Sidney Moss



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