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March 7, 2012

Letters to the editor

Health-care plan is not friendly to veterans

To the editor:

I wonder how many American people realize that President Obama's proposed defense budget cuts ask that military families and retirees pay conflictingly more for their health care, while the unionized civilian defense workers' benefits go untouched. Some congressional aides are suggesting that this move is designed to increase the enrollment in Obamacare's state-run insurance exchanges.

The disparity in treatment between the soldiers who have been fighting two wars and civilian personnel will cause a backlash that could potentially undermine recruitment and retention. Not to mention that retirees who have sacrificed and put their lives on the line for this great country will feel the sting of inequality.

Why do we as a country continue to ask those who have sacrificed so much to give that much more? Why should the military be expected to pay our bills when the rest of the population won't feel this hardship?

This country and world still face great tensions and instability. What will happen to our volunteer military if this takes place?

I find it very difficult to understand how a commander-in-chief can ask his soldiers and their families to bear a burden that the rest of us do not have to. The constitution of the United States is very clear about equality and if this president is a constitutional scholar he should know this better than anybody.

This is a good time to start thinking about what you have and what could potentially be taken away from you in the future. There is a reason in the United States of America that we lay our heads on our pillows at night without worry to the threat of our land being invaded, and if it should be, we all know that there are brave people who will take up the fight for us.

November 2012 is months away and it is time to start giving serious thought to who you will and won't vote for. A commander-in-chief should always stand with his troops.

Jeralyn Levasseur


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