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Letter: NY vets service brings up the rear

Vietnam War veteran Paul Plante of Huntington poses

Vietnam War veteran Paul Plante of Huntington poses for a portrait at the VFW Post 3211 in Hicksville Monday where Congressman Steve Israel announced legislation that would force the VA to pay claims automatically if they are not handled within the VA's 125-day target. (April 29, 2013) Credit: Barry Sloan

After reading the article "Long wait for vets" [News, April 30], I couldn't help but wonder why, after years of being one of the least effective offices, has no one in the New York regional office been replaced?

People talk about New York Jets coach Rex Ryan having his job at risk, even after some successful years. When was the last time the New York director of Veterans Affairs had a successful year? Are New York sports fans entitled to more accountability than our veterans?

Joe Mylonas, Farmingville

Editor's note: The writer served with the U.S. Army in Iraq.