With the expansion of ISIS and loss of towns in Iraq and Syria, it seems almost inevitable that American troops will be needed to stop this advancement and protect the population from the travesties of these ISIS animals.
While Mc Donalds workers are looking for an increase to $15 dollars an hour, or a $31,200 per year annual salary, lets take a look at our active military and their annual income to go and fight in a combat zone. After 4 months of experience, a private E-1 will earn $18,378 per year or $8.83 cents an hour, with health benefits, to lay their lives on the line. To exceed that pay at $31,378 per year you would have to become a Staff Sergeant E-6, which is way up the ranks.
If you are injured overseas, loss of limb, eyesight, severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, you have to fight with the Department of Veterans Affairs for your disability, and if granted 100 percent, you get the monthly income of $3,026 or $36,312 per year. The majority of veterans receive only a 50 percent to 70 percent disability rating and subsequently have to rely on programs like Wounded Warriors to help scratch out a living.
You will also find that if you have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, you cannot get approved for a life insurance policy due to your care and the medications you are under. The same holds true for the veteran not given full disability looking for a job and being passed over by employers because of PTSD or some other injury and the amount of medications they are prescribed on a daily basis by the Veterans Administration. It is a Catch 22.
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And how about those on 100 percent disability? They are destined to live and make due on that amount because the VA prohibits them from doing any sort of menial job to try and supplement their incomes to help ease the financial strains for a family with that limited income. The real monthly allowance for disabled veterans should be increased significantly and they be rewarded for the sacrifices they have endured serving their country
The people who sent us to war, the members of Congress, sit back in their chairs and collect a whopping $174,000 a year salary with allowances and free medical care. And if they retire with 20 years of service as a lawmaker as some 218 did in 2011, they receive a pension of $70,620 along with their benefits package. For shorter-term Congress members, the annual retirement salary average at 62 is around $40,000 with benefits.
If you properly digest all of the above information, it is not the Mc.Donalds worker getting the short end of the stick, it is the men and women of our Armed Forces who are giving and gave their all for the freedom of this country we live in. Lets start taking better care of our troops and our disabled veterans.
The writer lives in Surfside Beach.