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Opinion Letters Daylon Plemens well represents local veterans

The appointment of Daylon Plemens as Macon County’s Veterans Affairs representative is well deserved.

Mrs. Plemens has paid her dues as a volunteer with the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) since its inception. In this capacity she has helped many veterans claim their rightful benefits for service to this country. Due to past indifference by the VA to their claims, many of these veterans had all but given up getting any help for their request for assistance before Mrs. Plemens encouraged them to pursue their claims and helped them with the mountains of paperwork required.

I personally am aware of one instance where Daylon Plemens, at her own expense, drove a local veteran to the VA hospital in Winston-Salem to secure the medical care he needed. And, with her assistance, he eventually obtained the monetary compensation he was due.

With Mrs. Plemens’ support, this man was one of a committee of local VVA members who met with politicians at the local, state and federal levels to recognize the special needs of veterans exposed to Agent Orange in the line of duty and to fund the illnesses and birth defects that are still being identified as a result of their contact with chemial and biological warfare. When this veteran passed away a short time later, it was with the government’s acknowledgement that Agent Orange was a significant contributor to the cancer that took hin.

To the committee who selected Daylon Plemens as Macon County’s VA Rep: “Well done!”

Nat Henry
Charter member, director and former president of
Chapter 994, VVA

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