To get back to the core of the topic - the care of military veterans is lacking and getting worse day by day. I`m not a veteran myself, but my father retired from the Navy after 23 years getting about as high as an enlisted man can get. The benefits for military service get worse by the day. The health insurance provided isn`t as strong as the service you can get independently, and it should be stronger than any private service.
Pensions are a dying idea, but military retirement isn`t half what it used to be. He retired while things weren`t half bad, but on keeping up with the times, a new recruit has nothing to look forward to in terms of future security.
I think the promises of college education for military recruits needs to be expanded as well. I`ve been told by friends who recruited after high school that college funding isn`t quite as guaranteed as they often make it seem. It should be. These soldiers won`t be soldiers forever, and the better prepared they are for civilian life on retirement or discharge, the better for us all. Sending soldiers back to civilian life broke, with no higher education, and without the means to acquire one is no good for any of us.
After all, every bureaucratic horror story from one soldier to a friend is one friend who will never enlist. Bad word of mouth is horrible for our future security. We need soldiers telling their friends about how great Uncle Sam treats them. That`s better marketing than any silly "army of one" campaign.
Our country was founded on the idea that people who are willing to take big risks can reap big rewards. What bigger risk is there than dying in a war, being captured and tortured, and despite what the flags would tell you, probably forgotten. There`s no Rambo or Chuck Norris to rescue these POWs. The rewards need to be commensurate to the risks. The risks are astronomical. So should be the rewards. We can afford it. If we can afford to bailout financial morons from bankruptcy, we can afford to reward heroes.
MattTurpin2/26/2009 8:16 PM
Making limitless possibilities much more limited.