Re: “Debt deal would increase fees for Tricare users” (Tom Philpott column, 9-24).
President Obama plans to make military health care “more consistent with civilian health care,” meaning costs will go up. Now the government has already stopped all cost-of-living increases to retired military pay, as well as increased the deductions for our health care.
The continued increases in co-payments and yearly expenses only mean that my retirement pay is gradually being taken away from me.
The military, unlike the teachers, cannot strike for more pay, complain about working conditions, pick where they work or get summers off. They work seven days a week, under conditions more dangerous than a room full of children. They receive no compensation for family separation, sleeping on the ground or getting blown up by land mines. This is not consistent with civilian jobs.
In return, the government promises us a retirement and medical care, if we volunteer and live through that. Now Obama wants to renege on those promises under the guise of “consistency.”
Thank you, President Obama. To be consistent, when will you push for a universal draft?