Respect our heroes.
In the 6 July obituaries, John Dunlap Jr. was reported as a Korean conflict veteran and the recipient of the Medal of Honor.
This caught the attention of this old soldier. What concerned me was that no military honors were mentioned in the funeral arrangements. I felt the family should be aware of the benefits afforded those heroes awarded the Medal of Honor.
1. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs gives them a monthly benefit of $1,194.
2. They receive a 10 percent increase in their retirement pay.
3. They can receive a space-available flight at no cost on military aircraft.
4. They get access to military base recreational facilities.
5. They have a standing invitation to all presidential inaugurations and balls.
6. If qualified, each child of the Medal of Honor recipient may attend a military academy with regard for state quotas.
7. Each Medal of Honor recipient's grave is marked with a special headstone that bears the Medal of Honor symbol.
8. A burial ceremony is afforded them with full military honors.
John Dunlap Jr.'s name is not listed on the roster of those awarded the Medal of Honor, so perhaps his family should ask their congressman to initiate an inquiry concerning any benefits to which the family is entitled.
- Dr. Thomas Brunswick, Highland