"It’s Veterans Day, so let’s look at the cuts proposed in a draft report by the chairmen of the President’s deficit-reduction commission from veterans’ perspective. That is not the same, always, as looking at it from the Pentagon’s perspective, although it should be. First—and, again, these are draft proposals—there is a freeze on the base, non-combat pay of service members, at a time when demands on them are increasing, to save nine billion dollars. Next, the institution of co-pays at Veterans’ Administration hospitals, just as a new generation of young veterans, decades from eligibility for Medicare, are coming home to jobs that may not have insurance, with wounds and traumas that are not yet fully understood. One of the challenges with post-traumatic stress disorder, for example, is getting veterans to seek treatment at all. New walls to that are not helpful.”
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