On June 30th, 2008, President Bush signed the new GI Bill into law, marking the end of a year and a half long struggle to ensure today’s veterans get the benefits they have earned.
Being a veteran of the first Gulf War, my benefits were much smaller. To compare, here are the benefits I received:
- $1200 buy in, this amounted to $100/month for the first 12 months of my enlistment in the Navy. (As an E-1 or E-2, this was a fairly large amount of the monthly paycheck).
In 1995-1998 while I was in college, I received the following:
- 10 years to use benefits from time of separation from service.
- 36 months receiving $340-430/month as a check (it raised each year as “Cost of Living” increases, the most significant only 2 months before completing school).
- No Housing Allowance, though rent in Chicago area was apx. $700/month
- No additional amount for books.
- No ability to transfer unused benefits to spouse and siblings. (especially as I used every cent).
The new bill represents a significant change in benefits, I applaud all groups and individuals that made it happen, I’m only saddened that I could not take advantage of this new plan as school left me with lots of debt that took years to repay.
Let’s review this for just one moment… all ‘sworn’ government officials take a similar oath when they assume office. This is the wording used for enlisted members of the U.S. military.
I,______________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
Without delving into the details, I personally feel that many of our elected officials chose to ignore their oaths, instincts, and the people they represent. Let’s not forget these facts come election time as voting along “traditional” party lines doesn’t ever seem to fix matters, it’s time for a change!
Disturbed, especially by H1B and illegal immigration.
I should add that I spent about 4.5 years of my life (from 1990-1995) living on a submarine. The ‘boat’ was stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI at that time and made several deployments in the Pacific Ocean. For you bubble-heads, it consisted of one NORPAC, two WESTPAC (the second one incuded some time in the Persian Gulf), and several EASTPAC deployments.
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I’ve made port calls in the following places…
- San Diego, CA (Point Loma)
- Bangor/Bremerton, WA
- Victoria/Esquimalt, BC Canada
- Nanoose, BC Canada
- Yokosuka, Japan (south of Tokyo)
- Sasebo, Japan (north of Nagasaki)
- Chinhae, Korea
- Pattaya Beach, Thailand
- Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Darwin, NT Australia