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MILITARY: All of us must to do our part in this mess

Letter by Robert J. Patterson, Puyallup on March 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm | 7 Comments »
March 23, 2011 1:39 pm

I joined the Army in 1968 and retired in 1988. Yes, I was promised free medical care for life. The courts later held that even though there was a verbal contract, it wasn’t enforceable.

I retired with disabilities and have since undergone more than a few surgeries for those disabilities and am facing more. My retirement pay is reduced by the amount Veterans Affairs pays me for disabilities. Now I pay a co-pay and yearly insurance for medical.

Yes, I was lied to and there is some animosity about this. I have founded and run a small corporation and have seen the inequities that hit small businesses and families in the areas of taxation and medical care.

However, our country is currently in a financial mess, not of my making and exacerbated by government screw-ups and large corporation and individual greed, and it won’t get any better without everybody joining in.

I for one, regardless of what my veteran “representatives” say, am willing to pay the additional small sum being asked for medical care. If everybody, to include the government and the unions that serve the government, especially management and elected officials, was willing to make a small sacrifice and stop the petty bickering, then we will all be better off and will get out of this mess faster.

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