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Monday, August 11, 2014

“It’s a different world”

By DON HIMSEL

Staff Writer

Richard Moushegian, senior vice commander for the New Hampshire Korean War Veterans and an American Legion member, attended a presentation on the VA reform bill at the Merrimack’s VFW Post 8641 on Aug. 1.

When the event was over and chairs were being cleared out of the hall, the “frustrated” veteran acknowledged the event was mostly PR when paused to talk on his way out. ...

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Richard Moushegian, senior vice commander for the New Hampshire Korean War Veterans and an American Legion member, attended a presentation on the VA reform bill at the Merrimack’s VFW Post 8641 on Aug. 1.

When the event was over and chairs were being cleared out of the hall, the “frustrated” veteran acknowledged the event was mostly PR when paused to talk on his way out.

“I’m looking at my children and grandchildren, and I realize that 50 years from now, if I was still here, which I won’t be, I wouldn’t recognize this country,” he told me. “It’s kind of sad. I’ve had a great life. I like to have some control of my environment and lifestyle, and I don’t know that my grandchildren would enjoy that, you know, that same privilage. I really don’t know that. It’s an underlying fear I have in politics and government.”

Moushegian had been an air traffic controller in the 1950s. He talked about changes in that industry, not all of it good, and change in general.

He gives an example of students in school who have moved away from learning arithmetic tables to using calculators.

“It’s just a changing world. My wife and I … it bothers us,” he said. “Do I live in the past? Not really. … It’s a new world. Its a different world.”

He talks about the young people in his own family.

“They don’t seem to have a connection to my world, and I’m losing the connection to their world,” Moushegian said. “So that’s why I say in 50 years I wouldn’t recognize the place.
Because the standards and priorities are different.”

He said today, it’s a throwaway society.

“You don’t fix anything; you throw it away. I wasn’t raised in a world like that.”

“I’m grounded in that world, but I move through this world because of necessity, to survive. My children are just different than I am, you know?”

Don Himsel can be reached at 594-6590 or dhimsel@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Himsel on Twitter (@Telegraph_DonH).