Sept 11 Iconic Images

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, people covered in dust walk over debris near the World Trade Center in New York. (AP Photo/Gulnara Samoilova)

I have become concerned with the president's declaration of a national emergency to divert funds from the defense budget to fund his border wall with Mexico.

I find this extremely disappointing when there are many other areas that desperately need funding much more than his campaign promise. I'm referring to the nearly depleted fund set aside to aid those who died, were injured or are battling life-changing illnesses while responding to Ground Zero on and after 9/11.

This fund was set aside to aid the brave heroes and their families because of the crippling illnesses acquired from breathing in the combination of toxic fumes and ash. The $7.375 billion fund has reached desperate lows and looks like it will run out by 2020.

I think back to the images of those who worked tirelessly below a battered American flag when our country's unity was at its highest.

Those heroes, to whom we swore we would "never forget," have been relegated to an article taking up the bottom corner of an inside newspaper page, while the president's lack of awareness and narcissism command so much attention. It's gross that his circus takes away from those who have displayed selfless honor and duty.

What does it say about a person who declares an emergency while saying, "I didn't have to do it" and, in so doing, ignores the needs of all those heroes and their families who have sacrificed so much, never stopping to think or say the same?

Bob Wiley, Lincoln

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