Veterans do not think they are above the law. (Readers’ Forum, Feb. 7). The key word here is “private” club. They pay dues so they can have a place to go to be among their comrades. They can discuss their experiences with people that understand what they have been through and, yes, they do know the danger of smoking, but unlike you, Ms. Kreidler, you do not understand what veterans have gone through during war nor what they go through for years after.
When was the last time the writer strapped on an M-16 rifle, dodged land mines, slept in a trench with all kinds of leeches, walked in stagnant water filled with snakes or saw a whole troop blown to bits and wonder why the writer survived and they didn’t? Most come home with PTSD. So if smoking a cigarette helps calm their nerves, who is the writer or the government to tell them they can’t smoke in their own club?
I work for a veterans club and visit other veterans clubs. All these clubs have non-smoking areas. Smoking is allowed in the canteen where alcohol is served. So if you are offended by the smoking in a private veteran’s club, stay out. Also, while you’re on the band wagon, why don’t you go to the real source of tobacco — our government. Why don’t they ban the production of tobacco products? You know the answer already — taxes. This country would come to its knees without the taxes cigarettes provide. So don’t be so quick to judge our veterans until you’ve walked a mile in their boots.