Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor | Time to face reality

I just read retired Col. Robert Freniere’s story (“Veteran lives out of van, tries to be positive as he looks for work,” Jan. 13).

How can anyone be in a bind with a $40,000 pension and military medical benefits? He needs to face reality: He isn’t a colonel anymore.

As a retired senior master sergeant, I had to do the same thing. He needs to tell his kids they have to take over their own college bills. He needs to get out there and find a job. Look at fast food and truck stops and stores such as Wal-Mart.

There are too many people in our area who do not make what he does and support four or more in a family and survive. We served our country, we get a retirement. We have benefits. The average civilian doesn’t. They work two to three petty jobs just to survive.

At $40,000 a year, if he cannot survive, he needs financial counseling, not a job. An enlisted person isn’t there to do it for him.

Jim Hironimus