Kudos for the article on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s warning that the Department of Veterans Affairs risks losing hundreds of its historic buildings because of neglect [“Hundreds of historic VA sites are endangered, National Trust says,” news, Nov. 7]. Let’s shine a brighter light on the inertia that allows national treasures to slip away. Even the ordinary homeowner knows that an empty premises combined with so-called benign neglect results in deterioration and, over time, possible loss of the property.

Can’t the VA sell some of these beautiful, historic buildings to the private sector for creative residential, commercial or corporate uses? It is a higher social good to preserve these buildings — and the national heritage wrapped up in them — through a path of compromise and collaboration with private stakeholders.

Sophia Lynn, McLean