Don, for any Veteran, the subject of Veterans benefits is very real.
When the draft was eliminated and we wanted a volunteer Army, the recruiters made many promises. Veteran’s benefits were an important part of signing up for the military.
A late friend of mine, Martin Weaver, served in the Navy. He never applied for any benefits, and when he got sick and diagnosed with cancer, his medical bills wiped him out. He lost his home and his family. (Wife divorced him). He learned that he was eligible for VA benefits. When he went to the VA they gave him a rough time claiming that his illness was not service-related. He realized that if he didn’t get proper medical help, he would die. He told me that he would once again apply to the VA, and if they didn’t help him, he was going to go after the people in Washington that were denying him help. As he said, “I have nothing to lose.” He finally got help too late, but at least he didn’t have to suffer too long before he died.
His plight is nothing new. When one is desperate with nothing to lose is when those who deny benefits should be on their guard.