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Jerome M. Bixby, Published October 16 2010

Record shows Berg anti-veteran

Back in the early 1990s, when I was North Dakota Veterans of Foreign Wars state commander, a contingent of state legislators with a keen eye for the almighty dollar discovered there was a fair amount of money in North Dakota’s Veterans Trust Fund.

The fund was for the welfare of the state’s military veterans for programs and benefits for those deserving. I don’t remember the amount that was in the fund, but it was enough that this state legislative contingent referred action. The state’s military organizations, such as the VFW, DAV, American Legion and the AMVETS, were able to get that money back, with a struggle, and re-establish the Veterans Trust Fund.

This raiding legislative posse was spearheaded by the one and only Rep. Rick Berg of Fargo and candidate for the North Dakota congressional seat now held by Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D.

Berg is no friend of veterans, of the U.S. military or of the state of North Dakota. It is my guess that Berg never served a day in the military himself, although I have never made the effort to find out.

If you are a veteran, don’t ever expect anything in your favor from this guy because I feel you will be disappointed. It is my belief Berg is anti-veteran.

Bixby, a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam (1966-69), was VFW state commander from 1991 to ’92. He is a recipient of two Purple Hearts.