To the Editor:
To Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin:
I read your comments in the Killeen Daily Herald, Jan. 24.
Your stating that you are “embarrassed” by the city’s citizens not donating enough money for the Memorial Fund for the Fort Hood (Nov. 5, 2009, shooting) victims is completely ridiculous.
Do you not have an idea of the current state of our economy?
I can barely afford to put food on my family’s plates and a roof over their heads (as most of the city and country are) and you are condemning the community for not donating much-needed funds to a memorial? You have to be kidding me!
If you are so concerned by this community’s image, then you donate the money for the memorial.
I understand the need to honor the victims and their families. I, myself, was raised military, I was military, and I am married to a disabled combat veteran.
I have the utmost respect for military personnel and the sacrifices they and their families make for our country and I agree that something should be done for those victims (the ones who died, as well as the ones who were wounded).
Maybe instead of spending money on a memorial, the city/country should use those funds to take care of them in the future, not on a chunk of bronze.
There are issues much more important to our community (homelessness, poverty, etc.).
People were hurt, emotionally and physically, by this horrendous incident. They need medical care and help paying their bills.
An expensive piece of metal will not feed them or help them with the necessities of life, for the rest of their lives.
The victims who died and their families were not the only victims of this sick act.
What about the ones who have to live with their injuries?