Why are older combat veterans not getting the same benefits, support, and attention as current vets?
I have been to three combat theaters during my active duty career and an additional two tours as a member of the national guard. I find it insulting as a combat veteran that a veterans of other foreign wars are not receiving equal treatment, benefits, and support from the Federal Government. Veterans that have not participated in the second Iraq war and Afghanistan are being denied benefits that newer veterans have access to. Education benefits are better, they have five years more than other veterans to access education funds. What makes one veteran better than another?
I don't know the answer, but as a veteran I can tell you that as time marches on veterans, combat or not, are forgotten. I served honorably during the 1980's when the only real "war" was the Cold War. I walked along the DMZ between South and North Korea and took time out of my life to volunteer to protect America. My benefits are pretty much the same as that of a person who never served (OK, I do get to use a VA Loan to buy a home, but that is about it).
ALL veterans, and I don't care if they are combat or not, should get recognition. I think combat vets should get more benefits, but to shut off benefits to those who are not currently in the public's radar is a travesty.
Thank you for your service, God bless!
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