Veterans upset at commissioner’s alleged comments

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MOCKSVILLE, N.C. -- Davie County commissioners agreed to make its veterans affairs officer position full-time again, but some veterans said they are still upset by something they allege the board's chairman said.

Veterans packed Monday night's meeting, focusing much of their attention on what they allege Carl Humphrey said about veterans while speaking among other commissioners.

One vet said Humphrey described veterans like this: "It's nothing but a scam, those people. Those people are a scam and don't deserve anything."

Humphrey, a veteran himself, addressed the allegations.

"Things have been pretty much watered down, taken out of context and embellished," Humphrey said.

The veterans were also upset that the representative for the county's 3,300 peers was cut from full-time status to part-time status. After the meeting, Humphrey talked about making that position full-time again.

"This has been a good county, and I'm very proud of it. We've just hit a little snag in the road, and hopefully we can get past it," Humphrey said.

But some of the vets said they are still upset.

"It hurts to think that someone would say that about a group of men and women who have not only given years, but have given wounds both physical-- that you can see--and those that you can't see," said Ron Cox, veteran.

"We do not need a person sitting in this office under that flag that feels the way you do about our men and women in uniform," said another veteran.

Both sides said they hope the tension from this episode will fade in the coming days.