Politician...No, I am not. I am probably to young, but I don't remember the promise of full medical benefits made (with no premium) to folks after they retire (under normal conditions) from the military? A few folks I served with, that were medically retired due to combat related injuries, don't pay at all for any of their medical services, and that is the way it should be; however, I retired with zero disability (lucky) and in my opinion, should pay a premium to continue my Tricare medical coverage.
I certainly agree with you and the way our government is treating our wounded veterans, and programs like the WWP are indeed needed and do a fantastic job representing our guys/gals that require assistance.
As far as your Mom's situation (state vs federal govt)...years ago, benefits were different. I work with folks that don't have Social Security taken out of their paychecks, because back when they started, you could opt out and just never submit a claim. Things are different now...retirement plans have changed and unless you were in before and got "grandfathered" you fall under the new system.
Veterans deserve our utmost respect and admiration. Disabled veterans should be cared for their entire lives and like you stated, should never have to work again, unless they choose.
There are members that, when they retired, were getting full government-provided healthcare. Now they have to pay. There were those that joined when it was government-provided and told (promised) that one of the benefits of retiring would be ‘free’ medical care. That turned out not to be. It sounds like you fall under the second category.
I’m not going to try to convince you that we shouldn’t have to pay. Our premiums are quite low comparatively, and I have no complaints about the service I get with TriCare. But the bigger concern is how, as is with the way our government does thing in small pieces as if not to be noticeable, a lot of us can see our benefits slowly eroding. Raising premiums, when we were promised ‘free’ care. Dental is gone. Talks about doing away with the retirement pension and going to a 401k system.
They are destroying any incentive for career military :shrug: