Rajiv Srinivasan claims that “our veterans today are in a far better place than they ever have been in any time in American history in terms of their healthcare and education benefits”:
There is a hawk-like manner in which our constituency — regardless of party affiliation — defends military benefits at seemingly all costs. For example, most of our pension and healthcare age targets were set in the 1950s when the life expectancy was significantly lower, as were healthcare costs. Yet to this day, military healthcare premiums haven’t risen since 1995 and a soldier who enlists at age 18 can still receive half his base pay for the rest of his life at age 38, during the prime of his working years.
My point is not necessarily that this is excessive; but simply that we can acknowledge that this country has made significant strides in veteran care where many previous generations of veterans have been forgotten. This certainly doesn’t mean the veteran social contract has been met. But rather, our societal focus must shift to areas that are often unable to be legislated—emotional stability; a sense of ownership in the community; a realization of purpose outside of the service.
Earlier Dish on veteran care here.