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More money needed for health care for vets


I’m all about spending whatever it takes to provide high-quality medical and mental health care for each one of the 21 million veterans who may need it.

The recent Senate bill is a good start and will double the current amount of $44 billion to $79 billion over the next three years in order to hire many more doctors and specialists, and open more clinics and hospitals.

Maybe because I am a Vietnam veteran (I have had the good fortune of not yet needing VA care), I am quite willing to have my income tax rate raised to pay the full cost of this better veteran care. It is, after all, just a piece of the total cost of wars.

It seems to me that our country continues to avoid paying the costs of wars. Since Vietnam, most citizens haven’t had to make any personal sacrifice for war, not paying any war tax surcharges or allowing the arbitrary drafting of our sons and daughters into battle under a universal draft.

Instead, we prepare for and engage in war by cutting income tax rates (especially for the wealthy). And we rely upon hired professional warriors of the “all voluntary” armed forces to make our American human sacrifices in the war zones.

Yet, I am as guilty as many other Americans when I go to the polls to vote for politicians Democrat or Republican who promise us more guns and better butter and won’t raise our taxes; some even say they will lower them.

As the cat said in Alice in Wonderland, “We’re all mad here.”

Christopher Jamison


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