Protect soldiers’ benefits
November 9, 2011
By JAVIER DURAN
As a member of the armed forces, and being currently deployed to Afghanistan, I am taken back by the thought of the legislature using my family living in San Luis Obispo’s benefits as means to address the budget issues.
I swore to protect the constitution and the American way of life. The least the American government can do is to provide the medical and retirement resources due to me and other soldiers risking/giving their lives for the protection of our country.
Being deployed my mind is at ease knowing my family does not have to worry of any medical expenses while I am fighting in a foreign country.
There is nothing worse you can do to affect a soldier’s moral, while deployed, than to affect his family’s financial means. I have a hard enough time coping with the loss of my brothers and sisters only to realize the worry of my family needing financial and medical support.
It will be a great insult to see congress or the department of defense effect or change the benefits we, American soldiers, have long fought for.
As the minority one percent helping protect the rest of our country it is only just to maintain the level of support entitled to the few willing to sacrifice their lives for many.
I want to provide this link for those interested in issues affecting American soldiers. The current topic in the budget chopping block is medical and retirement benefits for U.S. soldiers. The attached link is a way to send an e-mail to the president, DOD and local representatives voicing your concerns about the reduction of benefits for American soldiers.
Javier Duran is deployed in Afghanistan with the 217th Finance Management Detachment.