Letter to the editor: Treat Confederate veterans as you would other veterans
I will make a bold statement as a retired military person and veteran. I don’t think that any member of the New Orleans Town Council or the mayor of that city has served in the military. Due to their determination to destroy history simply to be “politically correct” in voting to destroy Confederate monuments to pacify a few “nay-sayers” indicates volumes of ignorance and lack of history and law.
In searching the Civil War Talk I found a paragraph which could enlighten U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier and others who seem to be on the side of destroying history. The information provided is titled “Confederate Soldiers Are Legal Veterans.” It reads -- “by Public Law 85-425, May 23, 1958 (H.R. 358) 72 Statute 133 states--”3) (e) for the purpose of this section, and section 433, the term ‘veteran’ includes a person who served in the military or naval forces of the Confederate States, of America during the Civil War, and the term ‘active, military or naval service’ includes active service in such forces.” As a result of this law the last serving Confederate veteran received a U.S. military pension until his death in 1959, and from that day until present, descendants of Confederate veterans have been able to receive military monuments to place on graves from the Veterans Administration for their ancestors. A Confederate veteran should therefore be treated with the same honor and dignity of any other American veteran.