Veterans Day appreciation noted

To the Editor;

I would like to thank the Swap Sheet people for their 100-percent appreciation of the veterans’ service. Although I wasn’t able to attend, I was told they served the veterans at the Historic USO Building with a barbecue dinner including apple pie with no strings attached. By that I mean veterans were not required to buy any item of food as it was required by a few restaurants or donut shops.

One of the local restaurants offered a free breakfast on Monday, Nov. 12. When I checked on this, I was told the veteran was required to buy a soft drink or coffee in order to get this free inexpensive breakfast.

In my opinion, I would think that if the restaurant or donut shop appreciated 100 percent the veteran’s service, no strings would be attached such as required to buy an expensive cup of coffee or soft drink. If this isn’t done, I would suggest to not offer anything free if you can’t do it 100 percent such as was done by the Swap Sheet people.

It would be nice if one of the large chain stores or a company would sponsor something similar to Swap Sheet or work together with another company or with the Swap Sheet people next year.

This reminds me of an experience I had four years ago with a gasoline company. I received this letter telling me that due to my loyalty (using my credit card) of 60 years, the company would send me a gift but I was required to pay the shipping and handling fees. I not only called and told them to keep the gift if they couldn’t do it 100 percent, but I also wrote to the CEO. I stated that if you were to send your son a birthday gift but he would have to pay the shipping and handling fees, what do you think your son would tell you?

Stan Karotis, WWII veteran

Story First Published: 2012-11-21