Letter to the Editor: Pull together for benefits
Public records show that there are 12,779 military retirees in Utah, of which 5,594 of them are over the age of 65. These are folks who were promised free medical and dental health care for them and their dependents for life if they would spend 20+ years in the service of their country. These folks are World War II, Korean War, Cold War, and Vietnam War vintage veteran military retirees.
The World War II/Korean War veterans are called the "greatest generation." These folks are dying off nationally at the rate of 1500 per day. These are people of whom many are in dire straights financially because of broken government promises and the resultant need to pay for a significant amount of that which should be free as a result of their faithful military service in defense of our country.
Those who belong in these categories should contact the National Military Organization whose sole intent and purpose is to rectify this injustice. The organizations needs your help because, unfortunately, our legislators do not listen to our pleas, nor do they read our correspondence. The best that can be hoped for is playing the numbers game whereas they count the numbers of correspondence received on a given issue, and this is where the organization needs all the help it can get.
We will only be successful in the restoration of our promised benefits if we pull together and be heard individually and collectively.