Vets pay more


The March 17 article What we lost in Iraq had touching and relevant stories about men and women who were killed in the Iraq War and homeless military veterans.

I spent more than 20 years in the military as my friends were building civilian careers. I’ve been in the VA system since 1989. Now I’m turning 65 and am required to pay for Medicare Part B even though I’ve been getting my medications through the VA for years. They weren’t free, I paid for them.

Now I’ll pay more for the Part B than I did for the VA meds. What other group of people are singled out for such a plan after serving their company or organization?

Add to that the idea that someone like a firefighter or police officer with 20 years’ service makes twice, if not more, retirement pay as a 20-year enlisted man, and it becomes even more annoying.

If the military people are so special, why are we singled out at older age?

Kenneth Hoffman, Key Largo

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