I strongly urge people to read the June 10 letter “ Difficult VA tour,” as it was brimming with common sense and fairness. The Category 8 rule giving VA care to vets with financial means and no service-connected disabilities should be rescinded, allowing the whole VA system to serve only those vets with actual service-connected disabilities.
I am a veteran who volunteered, served and would likely be covered by the Category 8 ruling. I have no service-connected disabilities and thankfully am financially able to care for myself. For these reasons, I have never even considered availing myself of these benefits. My fellow citizens do not owe me VA benefits just because I served in the military.
We definitely need to apply an honest and thorough means test, resulting in benefits for only truly deserving veterans. I’m sad to say that I personally know too many people who are undeservedly riding this gravy train.
My sincere thanks to the letter-writer for shining the purifying light of common sense and fairness on the VA issue, which is just one example of our nation’s current penchant for “cradle to grave” entitlements.