It's not charity. Vets have earned it.Isn't this really another example of how charity and welfare is in the eye of the beholder? Everyone, everywhere, from the CEO of the largest corporation to the poorest single parent, believes that what they receive from the government is their due. And in almost every case, they come up with a substantial argument that shows how the rest of us will be better off if they get that money.Subsidized tuition at state universities, govt-supported R&D for industry, loopholes and breaks in the tax code -- they are all there because the recipients think they should have it, and convinced Congress and state legislators they should get it.Please don't misunderstand me, I am one of the few liberals who posts on REHP. <GGGG> But this is one of the govt programs that I think is bloated and overfunded and mismanaged.I am a veteran, too, and thus "earned" that VA benefit a long time ago, but I don't think it's a proper use of govt money. For service-connected disabilities, perhaps. But other medical care? And cheap drugs? Serve for 180 days and you get cheap medical care for life? If the cost to veterans is so cheap, it's because the rest of the country is picking up the difference.But I know it won't go away: SS has the AARP, and the VA has the AL and VFW. Each of us is part of some 'special interest group.'*>UncaMikey
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