An American Soldier

1567 WordsNov 4, 20157 Pages
The epitome of an American is an American soldier. They fight for our freedom, sacrifice their time and families, and sometimes give their lives for our country. The American soldier should be well compensated for all that they do, but putting a price on someone’s sacrifice is complicated. Although our veterans should be well taken care of, there are many situations and modifications that should be made to make veterans benefits appropriate to each soldier. In the Letter to the Editor from Michael D. Helm, he states that our veterans are heroic and should receive their “small” payout for their time, disabilities, and sacrifices. While there are veterans who deserve full compensation, what about the ones who take the system for granted,…show more content…
He was rated at thirty percent and received a $450 a month check a month, tax free. Why should he be able to receive compensation for an injury that he benefited from in college? Why should someone who never defended our country in battle be able to file a claim after a substantial amount of time? This same man was charged with the murder of his wife in April of 2014. His rating dropped down to ten percent and he will receive $130 month for life. Why should he receive anything? He is a convicted murderer? Do these standards live up to the American ideology of what a soldier should be? This case is not the only case where veterans are allowed to take advantage of the system we have established. In the same article, “VA Benefits are Fourth Rail”, Zarembo states a case that I find astounding, “… a schizophrenic man spent 38 days in Air Force basic training in 1975 before being discharged. He later served 10 years in prison for second-degree murder. In 2004, the VA deemed him 100% disabled and started paying him about $3,000 a month. High disability ratings do not necessarily reflect serious impairment.”(3) There are also websites that teach veterans how to trick their psychologists. In “PTSD and the truth”, Alan Zarembo states “In online forums, veterans trade tips on how to behave in their disability evaluations. Common advice: Dress poorly and don 't shower, refuse to sit with your back to the door, and
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