Too bad that Ryoko didn't address Social Security while he was at it. Probably would hurt him too much to do so.
As part of my application, SSA asked if I had served in the Armed Forces. I replied proudly that I did. They said they needed a copy of my discharge papers (DD 315, 213,
?) to complete my application. Cost $20 and took a month to get them. But my benefits would start as soon as I submitted same. A young man at the Social Security called a month later to ask if I had submitted same. "Yes, I sent it registered two days ago." His replly "Good, then we can process your application as soon as we receive it."
Thinking that this was necessary to weed out those who skipped the country in 1966 when I was drafted, I asked why they needed this information. "Do I get more money because of my service time?" His reply "Yes you do! Each veteran gets an additional $8 per month!"
Based on a future value calculation, the month I was delayed benefits will be paid back somewhere 10 years down the road. This is the thanks the government provides for someone who started working for them (with a college degree) for $78 per month when a good months pay for my fellow graduates was around $600 per month.
I am proud that I served. I'm not complaining. If I had it to do again I'd still choose duty and country.
But the part of Ryoko's about the government workers getting Veterans Day off irritated me.
Saw a bumper sticker the other day that said "I Love My Country but I Fear My Government". Probably right! Happy Veterans Day!