Letters to the editor

Better support for veterans needed

To the Journal editor:

As I’m sitting at my 81-year-old mother’s kitchen table in Gwinn, she tells me that she now has to pay an extra $7 per prescription per month for maintenance drugs via Express Scripts under their military health insurance Tri Care.

My stepfather retired from the U.S. Air Force and is a Vietnam veteran. When he retired he was told that his insurance would be free for life under Tri-Care. As we all know, as we age we often require more medication. In my family’s situation they each require several prescriptions per month. This new charge per prescription is an added financial burden for elderly military retirees on a fixed income.

We hear from the politicians over and over again how, “We need to take care of our veterans.” U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, serves as the chairman of the Veterans Affairs subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

In this position, he should be on top of issues such as this, and yet after extensive research I can’t find anything from him addressing or even acknowledging this issue, which went into effect in February.

Come on Rep. Bergman, do your job and protect our veterans!

Diana Ketola

Traverse City

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