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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 with 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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  1. I was in full agreement right up to the end.

  2. and i agree with the final two sentences,

  3. Kind of hit the nail on the head there Darington. Wars bring promotions for generals – taking care of vets never do.

  4. One way to same on retirement is to retire offices at their Permanent rank rather than their Reserve rank.

    And we could save a bunch more by just doing away with Permanent – Resave Rank idea all together, and make officers serve and get paid only at the permanent rank, and only get promoted when there was a opening at the higher level.

    Old British Army Toast: Here’s to a quick plague or a bloody war.

  5. the3rdpigshouse says:

    The “Achilles Heel” of the military is a U.S. Government with a progressive/socialist agenda!!!! Name a socialist country that has succeeded with socialism and maintained a respectable military!!

  6. theogsters says:

    Why is it that military retirement has suddenly become more sacred than retirement for those of us who worked in the private sector fueling the engine that funded the military?

  7. theogsters –

    Maybe it’s just the simple phrase: “All gave some, some gave all, ” in the service of defending their country. No strikes, no declining assignments, no overtime, extended family separation(s) – “service” vs. “employment”.

    Just to name a few.

    But each to his own opinion – I for one cringe when I see how law enforcement and fire fighters adopt military traditions for their own (funerals), knowing they have unions which afford them even better pay and retirement benefits than the military (then have the nerve to ask for “donations”).

    But that’s an opinion I am entitled to, just as you are to yours – an entitlement given freely to all of us living in a free country, under a blanket of security provided by the military (had to throw that one in as a closer).

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