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U.S. not supporting vets

Due to outrageously high health-care costs, I decided to switch to Veterans Administration medical coverage. Like others in the military, I was honorably discharged (after four years in the USAF during the Vietnam war) with the understanding that VA benefits were available and free of charge for the rest of my life.

Unfortunately, I discovered this is no longer the case. Because our household income is greater than $32,000/year and/or we possess over $70,000 in assets, I am not eligible. This change was slyly enacted by the Republican-controlled Congress and took effect in January 2003. These same legislators will get paid and be provided benefits for the rest of their lives, while most of us who truly served now get nothing.

Is this how we show support for our troops Ð both past and present? Instead of showcasing our support with magnetic stickers, I’d ask you to look at what our elected officials have done and are doing to disenfranchise not only veterans, but also the elderly and truly needful people in this country. Let’s clean house and bring back people in government who truly want to serve their constituency Ð not their own money-grubbing self interests.

Larry Hoffman

Grass Valley

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