Veterans Deserve Health Insurance

Editor, News-Register:

Why is it our men and women who serve in the military are not provided health insurance upon discharge? The Veterans Administration pays for any service-related injuries or illnesses, but what about all the other services or medication that may be needed? What about family members of these service men and women? Where is the helping hand to these individuals who served our country?

These individuals are expected to purchase health insurance coverage when they return home. With what? The minimum income they receive and no jobs to go to?

Why are they not given the same respect as illegal aliens or others who do not pay taxes? Free health care coverage, cell phones, food and housing subsidies, clothing vouchers, transportation services, recreational vouchers … !!!

What about health care reform? It’s OK to mandate that over-the-counter aspirin can be covered, but no consideration was given to the military? In these unsettling times? What were our “leaders” thinking?

It is very sad that we have tax dollars to provide for individuals who are not American citizens, or for those American citizens that continually rape the public assistance programs, but no helping hand for those men and women who serve in our military.

Shame on us.

Larai Doughty, Yorkville

Evelyn Peppier, Lansing