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MILITARY: Retiree health care isn’t the Pentagon’s Achilles’ heel

Letter by Darington S. Forbes, Spanaway on March 17, 2011 at 11:30 am | 7 Comments »
March 17, 2011 1:34 pm

Lawrence Korb’s article (TNT, 3-16) suggesting that military retirees’ health care cost are the Pentagon’s Achilles’ heel is out of touch with reality.

The majority of military retirees are not geographically located close enough to Department of Defense medical facilities to avail themselves or their families of their hard- earned medical benefits, and if they do they often stand quietly in line and wait their turn.

The figures Korb casually references have little basis in fact. If he is truly interested in the Pentagon’s Achilles’s heel, he need look no further than the no-bid contracts, cost overruns, congressional pork and earmarks.

It is easy for Korb to miss the mess he and his colleagues have presided over and failed to address. Two unfunded wars could be the real Achilles’ heel of the Pentagon.

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