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Chris Ingermann: On Sen. Paul and veterans retiree benefits

Adair County Veteran Chris Ingermann thinks Sen. Rand Paul did not understand the the questions he asked about veterans' retirement benefits at the Adair County Town Hall Meeting, Wed 17 Feb 2016. Though it's a very serious question he asked on behalf of all retired veterans, he writes, I find it rather humorous that as a former ophthalmologist, he was not able to see this clearly.
Comments re photo 64932 Senator Paul chats with CJE after Town Forum

By Chris Ingermann
Personal commentary

I wish to make a comment regarding Senator Paul's visit at the Columbia Town Hall Meeting.

The subject was the reported "tough issue in relation to support for Veterans." Senator Paul did a fine job of fielding questions and comments, but both he and his staff incorrectly interpreted the question that was asked.


By definition, all who have served and were discharged honorably are veterans.

However, not all "Veterans Benefits" equates to "Veterans Administration Veterans benefits."
For all veterans have served, but they are all not retirees from military service. The benefits that were being cited were retirement benefits and spousal survivor benefits, not VA compensation benefits. The record needs record this distinction correctly and accurately. Many people assume they are one in the same. That assumption is incorrect. They are not the same. The question for Senator Paul I asked at the Town Hall Meeting was why he supported a cut to the military's retirement.

When asked, he first denied knowledge of any such thing or supporting it, and then went on later to backtrack and say that if he did, that it was "an honest mistake." He seemed to be comfortable with the question until the second half of the question where he was reminded that during the time these retirement benefits were cut, he along with his colleagues voted in and enjoyed the largest Congressional pay raise in history.

For most of us, retirement is a long haul to achieve.

This is not at all the case for elected officials in Washington. I find it rather humorous that as a former ophthalmologist, he was not able to see this clearly. - Chris Ingermann


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