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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 with 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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  1. You will get your wish Robert – as it appears Tricare will ratchet up enrollment fees and co-payments over the next few years.

    But nothing will ever be truly fair – as retired colonels/general officers will then pay a considerably less percentage of their retirement pay for medical care than will lower ranked retired officers or enlisted.

    But I have to seriously doubt your true intentions for this letter – as no self-respecting Vet would ever lower themselves to be put in the same category as unions and elected officials.

  2. Those who willing serve in the military accept a personal responsibility for the safety of the entire body politic, defending it, if need be, with his/her life.

  3. “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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    In the highly publicized case in Wisconsin, the employees did concede pay and benefits. That wasn’t enough for the slave masters.

  4. Roncella says:

    Robert A sincere Thanks for serving our Country.

    However don’t hold your breadth waiting for fairness from Polticians or Union Bosses and some Corporations.

    President Obama is a true Progressive/Liberal far left in his beliefs and he has and will do all he can to push his policies to get as many folks as possible to follow Liberism and as much Government Control as he can get away with.

  5. aplushome says:

    northsc-20 years army, retired 1SG with disabilities, spent time in three combat zones,went on to establish a successful small family corporation. I believe I am a very self respecting vet.

    I doubt that any of us will ever get a fair shake with politicians or union bosses,They have both become too big. However, we put the politicians there and the private sector has the right to organize.The politicians no longer do what is right for this country, only what is good for themselves and their party (dems, repubs, tea parties, all of them). I do not believe that unions have a place in the government and should be abolshed. And, as I stated, I still have animosity about lies told when I joined. But, it is time that we all work together and quit trying to protect our little corner of the world and get out of this mess. This country was built on sacrifice and hard work, not on “what can I get from the government” or “the heck with others, I only care about myself”. That small amount the government needs from me for Tricare is the least I can do for this country, despite the lies and games, it has allowed me to lead a good life.

  6. “Liberism”????????????????

  7. After 28 years of military life, I do not plan to let the government off the hook for any reason. Enforceable or not, I was promised free medical care upon completion of 20 or more years of honorable military service, in addition to a reasonable financial retirement. Like many who served, had we been paid for all the overtime (like the Unions) and the hardships we endured, we could have retired wealthy. That’s why we deserve every benefit available. For all who never served, please don’t comment about what we veterans deserve or do not deserve.

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