i am ok with having and paying for the troops.we whould equip them carefully and appropriately with the best weapons.we should be prepared to break things and kill people when absolutely necessary.i don't recommend spending any money on "nation building".AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST,SOMETIMES WE SHOULD JUST MIND OUR OWN BUSINESS.<quoted text>
Just a thought ... we spend more on defense than the entire rest of the world combined. What are we getting for that expenditure? Please don't tell me world peace or being safe from attack.
WASHINGTON The Obama administration is considering making veterans use private insurance to pay for treatment of combat and service-related injuries.
The plan would be an about-face on what veterans believe is a longstanding pledge to pay for health care costs that result from their military service.
But in a White House meeting Monday, veterans groups apparently failed to persuade President Barack Obama to take the plan off the table.
Veterans of all generations agree that this proposal is bad for the country and bad for veterans, said Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. If the president and the OMB (Office of Management and Budget) want to cut costs, they can start at AIG, not the VA.
Under current policy, veterans are responsible for health care costs that are unrelated to their military service. Exceptions in some cases can be made for veterans without private insurance or who are 100 percent disabled.
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