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Letter to the Editor: Elect those who understand promises


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By CAPTAIN RONALD J. SHAW, USAF, (Ret)
Orem

Editor:

A contract shows a meeting of the minds of two parties acting in good faith. Once formed, it may not be rejected merely at the whim of one party or the other. Such a contract can be either oral or written. This shows that our government did in fact renege on the "oral contract" made with members of the military prior to December 7, 1956 who agreed to serve 20 years or more, and subsequently lost part of those benefits when Champus, then Tricare, and later, Medicare was imposed on them.

A Disabled American Veteran (DAV) who is now an attorney says, "....If you have an oral contract and both parties rely on it for years and years then it is a legal binding contract. The military gave its word, we got treated, our dependents got treated for years and years so there is a legal binding oral contract by action and methods...." This also validates the oral contract made during those years.

Requiring us to pay a portion of Champus, Tricare, and now Medicare Part B, does in fact violate that "oral contract" which entitled us, and our dependents, to free lifetime medical benefits.

We lost a judgment through the courts. However, the Federal Appeals Court said it was obvious the promises were made, but that Congress would have to fix it. Because of this, the Supreme Court would not hear the case.

If the current Congress cannot fix the problem and honor those promises, we need to place in office people who can. This Fall we need to elect those who, in fact, fully understand past commitments embodied in duty, honor,


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