Army veteran appreciative of nation's health care

June 17, 2014 

Veterans Health Care

The Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix is seen Wednesday May 28, 2014. About 1,700 veterans in need of care were "at risk of being lost or forgotten" after being kept off the official waiting list at the Phoenix veterans hospital, the Veterans Affairs watchdog said Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

MICHAEL CHOW — AP

Regarding the June 11 letter from Master Sgt. Robert Brett ("Shameful desertion of veterans"): I, too, am an American soldier. I retired from the U.S. Army in 1989.

While working other jobs here in Florida, TriCare was my secondary health insurance and cost me nothing. Over the years I've had several surgeries and procedures. I have regular visits to doctors. I have annual check-ups.

The costs to me have been minimal: $5 co-pays or none at all. The same for my wife.

We go to MacDill Air Force base every month to grocery shop at the commissary, saving 25 percent to 30 percent. We often shop at the Base Exchange (BX/PX) because there is no sales tax on purchases.

We've stayed at Shades of Green in Orlando, a resort for active and retired military personnel, for really low rates for the area.

These are just a few of the myriad of benefits we have available to us. They are provided by the U.S. government and a grateful nation.

I know of no contract providing for "free medical and dental care ... throughout our lives." We were very well cared for while I was on active duty and I knew we would be looked after when I retired.

I am frequently told "Thank you for your service." All I can say is ... you're welcome!

Tom Warren,

Sgt. First Class (Ret.)

Bradenton

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