Friday April 12, 2013

To say I am proud of your accomplishments during this most recent survey is an understatement. Since my appointment as the president of the board, which I must say was during tumultuous times, I have had the pleasure of seeing you come together as a team.

The final results of the survey did not come to me as a surprise, but as a relief and vindication of your everyday efforts. As you are well aware, I visit the Home frequently. This high level of care and support to our Veterans and Members is exactly what I observe each and every day. It is extremely gratifying to see you recognized for your efforts, it is wonderful.

I would like to capitalize on this opportunity to bring us all a little closer together. Widen the lines of communication together. And show to all, we are the finest Veteran’s Home in the country; together.

My thanks and gratitude.

JOSEPH L. KRAWCZYK JR.

Colonel U.S. Army (Retired)

President of the Board of Trustees

Vermont Veterans’ Home

Link between meat and heart disease

The new link between meat consumption and heart disease, discovered by Dr. Stanley Hazen of the Cleveland Clinic, is just the latest evidence linking meat consumption to killer diseases that cripple, then kill, 1.3 million Americans annually. Hazen’s study showed that carnitine, an amino acid contained in all meat products, is a major factor in heart failure.

Similarly, an Oxford University study of nearly 45,000 adults in last January’s American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to be suffer from heart disease than people who ate meat and fish. A Harvard University study of 37,698 men and 83,644 women, in last April’s Archives of Internal Medicine, concluded that meat consumption raises the risk of total, heart, and cancer mortality.

We have sacrificed the lives of 10,000 American personnel and trillions of dollars in waging two wars to avenge the deaths of 2,600 Americans in the 9/11 attacks. When will we wage a bloodless, low-cost war on the killer meat-based diet, potentially responsible for as many as 1. 3 million American deaths annually? In the meantime, we have the power to raise our own life expectancy by adopting a meat-free diet. An Internet search provides ample resources.

BRENT REGAN

Brattleboro