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Boosting GI Bill benefits could hit military roadblock

March 29th, 2008 . by TexasFred

WASHINGTON — For Sen. Jim Webb, it’s a question of fairness: Why don’t veterans of today’s armed services get the same benefits the GI Bill provided “the greatest generation” after World War II?

Actually Senator, the answer is pretty simple, Vets have always been handed the slick end of the stick, and you know that, perhaps PCness keeps you from saying it, I would hope NOT but that statement is nothing but the cold hard fact of the matter, if the government feels it needs a budget cut, Vets are the 1st to feel it.

But the Virginia Democrat’s effort to remedy the perceived slight, which has gained support in Congress, runs afoul of how officials at the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs want to manage the all-volunteer military. Besides being too expensive and more administratively complex than the current GI Bill, they say it would make it more difficult to retain experienced troops beyond their first hitch.

Too expensive?? Too expensive to take care of our Vets and offer them better benefits after they have put their lives on the line in service to this nation?? The DoD and V.A. need to rethink that position and define the word ‘expensive’.

In my opinion expensive is Iraq, and what we are doing there, we are spending BILLIONS of U.S. tax dollars on a gamble that we’re not even certain is going to pay off, but we won’t spend the money to give top shelf benefits to the troops that are working their tails off in an attempt to make this gamble in Iraq and elsewhere work?

And another thing, if the DoD wants to retain experienced troops beyond that 1st hitch, they need to take into consideration exactly what those troops are going through, what their families are sacrificing, the ‘big picture’ if you will, and the DoD needs to address the issue of WHY troops are now on their 3rd, 4th and in some cases, their 5th combat rotation to Iraq, personally I think that ANY troops that has given that much of themselves, to and for this nation, deserve nothing but the very finest educational opportunities available.

“I see the educational benefits in this bill as crucial to a service member’s readjustment to civilian life and as a cost of war that should receive the same priority that funding the war has received the last five years,” Webb said.

The benefit would cover tuition and fees for the most expensive public university in any state where the veteran resides and pay an allowance for books and housing.

I have often said, I don’t support the ‘political party’, I look at the individual and make my decisions based on what I see from that individual and their actions, and in this case I have to say, I support the efforts and statements of Sen. Webb, and of those in office that are supporting him and his effort to obtain more and better benefits for our Veterans.

I read a lot of so-called Conservative and Republican Blogs that are always tooting their own horns about how much they support the troops, several sites come to mind, but they will go unmentioned because I won’t give linkage to hypocrites, and those same sites will call BS on this story simply because Sen. Webb is a Democrat, and that is why I believe certain individuals are the hypocrites I accuse them of being when it comes to REAL troops support.

If you truly support the troops, PROVE IT, support this effort to help increase educational benefits for our Vets, don’t just sit there and say “Oh yeah, I support the troops“, help get this thing moving, call or write your congressman or senator, tell them to support Sen. Webb in this effort, if you can support the war then you can surely support the futures of guys and gals that are doing the work. They deserve it!

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8 Responses to “Boosting GI Bill benefits could hit military roadblock”

  1. comment number 1 by: BobF

    The number and differences of “GI Bills” that have developed throughout the past 30 years is mind boggling. They had programs where the troops paid in to the system but couldn’t get their money back if they didn’t use it. It was all dependent upon when you came in. Even the military retirement system has different formulas which can be very confusing.

    I think if they went back to the GI Bill that I got when I enlisted in 73, it would be simpler and more beneficial for the present day troops. We can’t look at it as an expense but as an investment. When these disciplined young men and women finish their college, they’re going out in the job sector to make good money and pay big taxes…our return on the investment.

  2. comment number 2 by: Longstreet

    Amen, Fred! Amen!

    They should make darn sure a new GI Bill covers those Reservists and Guardsmen doing the same duty as Regular troops. They do the same jobs, take the same risks, bleed the same blood, and suffer the same nightmares as regular troops.

    Best to you!


  3. comment number 3 by: BobF

    Longstreet, you’re absolutely right. In the Air Force, the majority of our Airlift is performed by Guard and Reserve units.

  4. comment number 4 by: Patrick Sperry

    Fred nailed this one. What the VA and DoD are not doing for the troops is more important to me than what they are doing. And yes, I include NG and Reserves in the defination of “troops.”

  5. comment number 5 by: TexasFred

    I never even thought that I needed to spell out that this was also meant to include the Guard and Reserves, those guys are doing as much, if not MORE right now than the regulars are… :)

  6. comment number 6 by: jo

    It’s too damn bad people can’t get as fired up over this issue as….say they are in wanting to give illegal immigrants benefits, education, etc. And let’s not forget the free college education for even the most hardened and heartless criminal.

    I don’t get it..I really don’t. Why are the tree hugging liberals not able to embrace the concept of “our Troops deserve nothing but the best of everything, FIRST “

  7. comment number 7 by: BobF

    Jo, you’re right on the criminals getting college benefits. Here we have sex offenders getting Pell grants from the government…freaking Pell grants!!!


    I can’t even get an interest differed loan for my son and they’re giving away money to convicted criminals to go to college….A-Holes.

  8. comment number 8 by: RTaylor

    What Jo said…….
    We should take care of our vets before anyone else, period. This includes the National Guard.