Veteran and returning citizen Alan Rhyelle currently resides in Sarasota County. He served in the U.S. Army and fought in Vietnam, where he was shot through the chest and was honored with a Purple Heart.
“I was wounded in Vietnam in 1967, shot through the chest. I was awarded the Purple Heart. I have been arrested only once during my 40 years in Florida. I have suffered from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) for decades and was arrested for marijuana.
That happened about 10 years ago, but I still can’t vote. I love my country. I would do anything for my country. When a person has paid their debt to society, they should be forgiven and allowed to be a productive citizen.
Veterans have defended the ability to vote around the world. We need to defend it here in Florida as well. Please vote “Yes” for Amendment 4 in November. It’s the right thing to do.”