Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

January 11, 2014

Cutting veteran benefits a bad idea

— — Military here we go again. The readers of my letters to the editor for the last 20 years have read where I have been saying that when the politicians want to cut or eliminate a program or cut benefits the one thing they look at first is the military.

So why the military? This veteran seems to think that veterans and military retirees and also active duty are easy pickings instead of saying thank you to the men and women in uniform. But then again that would be the right thing to do.

I have to wonder why is it OK for the politicians to vote themselves a pay raise instead of voting themselves a sizable pay cut. But then again that would be the right thing to do. But they cannot have the soldiers in uniform on the battlefields who do not have much to look forward to other than keeping this land of the free.

They made the choices they have made in good faith. What is going to happen to the young men and women whom were thinking about making the military a career. Good luck.

George Washington once said the willingness which our young people are likely to serve in any war no matter how justified shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.

If George were here today I would give him a high five and say right on. Bye, bye veterans benefits. I hate to see you go. I wish there were something I could do to keep you. I tried my best.

So once again I say good-bye. So as always we must remember — do nothing get nothing.

Al Hancock

USAF

Bluefield

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