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January 30, 2014

Many glowing, heartfelt tributes to Australian Army Capt. Paul McKay have appeared in this newspaper of late. We’re glad of tha....

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Jan-31-14 11:31 AM

I intended no disrespect by using the word "respite". Of course the wounds of war never fully heal, but for 8 weeks every summer the Vets we served and catered to thoroughly enjoyed their time spent in the beauty and solitude of the American Legion Camp and most came back year after year. This was a place to honor them, and show appreciation for their tremendous sacrifices. As a country, do we do enough for our Vets? No. However, I would not trade the three summers I worked there for anything in the world, nor would any of the many Vets who enjoyed their time being pampered and (therapeutically) reconnecting with others who had experienced the same horrors of war.

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Jan-31-14 8:45 AM

Better yet ensure our government doesn't send more people off to kill or be killed in unnecessary wars.

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Jan-31-14 12:23 AM

"...American Legion Camp...." Please. I do doubt very much a camp healed any veteran. That's what people don't understand.

Our veterans don't heal. Show me a government/VA program, ever, that has healed a vet.

The lucky few may learn how to deal. On their own.

And let's not use the words gratitude and thankful. Those words convey an elementary... jeez, I feel for you. Really? OK. SHOW your gratitude.

Ensure our government prepares our men/boys and women/girls for the reality of killing and being killed, ensure our government will reintegrate our people in a healthy way.

Perhaps then, we will have less husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, Moms, Dads...weeping, grieving, because their beloved traveled to a place named "Scarface".

The ugly rules of war, the flagrant disregard for the human soul and the indifference of their trauma,is plainly and simply put...shameful.

Make no mistake about it.

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Jan-30-14 10:51 PM

There is no 'respite'. What/how will it take for the civilians to understand the trauma these soldiers are enduring/endured? And will forever endure? Reintegration? Nah. Mental health? Nah. Hospitals with rats running under your bed/on your bed? Please.

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Jan-30-14 10:26 PM

This was a heartfelt editorial, and however difficult the message, one that needed to be printed. Far too often the horrors of war become unbearable and precious lives needlessly lost. As a teenager, I worked summers at the American Legion Camp, such a beautiful and majestic respite for our heroes of war. Its such a shame that this amazing place is no longer available for our brave men and women who continue to suffer from the after effects of war. To all of our heroes, I would like to say Thank You! I hope all of you find peace within, and truly understand that your sacrifices are deeply appreciated and that this world is a better place because of you.

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Jan-30-14 10:06 PM

Way to go. Re victimizing Captain McKay. And his family.

Shame on you, editorial person.

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Jan-30-14 4:46 PM

Hey prober have you ever contributed a positive comment on this forum? Just askin'.

Oh, and I'm certain you know what was going through Capt. McKay's mind and his "one reason and one reason only" for coming here. Give it a rest.

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Jan-30-14 10:35 AM

With all due respect to your editorial, and to Captain McKay, may he rest in peace with God, he could have found solace in many other places rather than the adirondacks. he could have stood on the Eastern Highbanks of Seneca Lake and gazed out over the 735 ft. depth of the beautiful Jewel of the Finger Lakes, and found peace there. Why does it always have to be here in the adirondacks as being the "right place"? He could have gone to Taughannock Falls or frozen Lake Erie at Cleveland, or Eden Prairie in Minnesota. Or even the Black Hills of South Dakota or the Bayou of Louisiana. I'm pretty sure those are also "right places" to find solace. He picked cold-butt Ray Brook for one reason and one reason only. Just sayin.

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