Mt. Vernon Register-News

December 20, 2013

Budget insult to vets


The Register-News

---- — Dear Editor:

The time has come for the veterans of this country to let Congress know what it means to sacrifice for this great nation. The recent budget approved by both houses of the United States government is an insult to anyone who has defended this country in the time of war or in a time of peace.

Senator Schumer of New York made a statement that veterans should have to sacrifice just like other agencies in the Government structure. Mr. Schumer, I ask where in this world have you been for the last several decades? I served for 22 years of the best years of my life and many others have also served as we have seen almost a constant state of war in our country for the last 60 years.

During that time we have lost thousands of young men and women and we have at least 3.5 million veterans who have suffered a disability that will last the remainder of their lives.

Would you please name one Senator who lost his life or became disabled while performing the duties of a Senator or a member of the House of Representatives.

Would you please name one military man that is receiving a $8,700.00 monthly disability as Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is receiving while being incarcerated for illegal activities while serving in the House. Mr. Schumer, would you please tell me how many military veterans can have a two year sabbatical with full pay because of sickness not related to the job.

Mr. Schumer, would you please tell me why a Senate and House of Representatives who have an approval rating of less than 10 percent, would want to lower that rating even lower, while voting a pay decrease for veterans who have a 100 percent approval rating?

Mr. Schumer, in your comments on television, I thought I heard you say, “We in Congress have given and given.” Would you please elaborate on this comment, as I am unaware of those sacrifices about which you speak. Most of our elected officials have suspiciously became millionaires during their term in office and retire with the most lucrative retirement plan in government.

The amount of reduction in pay benefits in this budget is said to be around 8 billion dollars over the next few years, while Senator Coburn of Oklahoma has today listed an amount of 30 billion dollars in wasteful spending for the year 2013. What a testimony on the value of Veterans to this current Congress. Another insult was the defeat of the Amendment that called for the 8 billion dollars to be taken from Tax Credits for Illegal Immigrants. Who in this world do you all represent?

Before I close I would like to remind you and all senators, representatives, executive branch at the federal level, and all elected positions in the state and local levels of government, your right to serve, your opportunity to be elected to an elected position, your actions of freedom of speech, your opportunity to govern and make laws that only pertain to the masses. Your opportunity to waste millions and sometimes billions, have been purchased, maintained and insured by the greatest military in the world, a military that you and other elected officials are reducing to a second rate power and are now meddling with the one benefit that has made so many veterans remain in the military as a career.

United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, WAKE UP.

You are hurting the one division of the United States Government that does not have to re-establish its need for existence today or at any other time in history.

Ted Buck

Opdyke