Recently, it has come to my attention that somebody running for office has said that Rep. Adrian Smith ignored veterans visiting the Korean Memorial during their trip to Washington, D.C.
I was on the Heartland Honor Flight and I want to tell you that for Rep. Smith -- who was there -- it was not just a photo-op. He took the time to visit all of us on the bus -- something no other official did. I appreciated the efforts not only of Adrian, but everyone who volunteered theri times and efforts to make the trip a once in a lifetime event for those of us who served.
Rep. Smith and his staff have worked hard for us veterans and I truly appreciate it.
I would also like to point out that some of the folks who are criticizing Rep. Smith for not being there (when he was) were certainly not among the volunteers who served us breakfast at 4 a.m., who helped us onto buses, who flew with us to D.C., who were there to guide us and keep 135 cranky veterans in line, who were there to welcome us home with music and signs, or who helped look after our wives that day. I hope that certain folks will hold their criticisms until after they themselves volunteer their time and effort for the Heartland Honor Flight.
And that is all I have to say about that.
By Lee Isom, Mullen
Editor's Note: In February, in a report on Smith's challenger Col. (retired) Tom Brewer, the Bulletin reported that:
In October 2013, he (Brewer) learned that he had to retire from combat duty. It was about the time the federal government shut down over the debt ceiling. So, when federal guards tried to close the Korean Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. during the shutdown, he emailed Smith, urging him to go the memorial and help keep it open, along with other senators and congressmen, so Korean veterans who had traveled to D.C. could see their memorial.
Smith did not send a response.