Veteran =/= Retiree
I sincerely admire Stephen Colbert’s support to the military and I think that his heart is in the right place, but he is completely wrong in this video.
I don’t have the time (or energy frankly) to write a full takedown on this, but here is the bulleted version.
- At no point does he actually talk about veterans benefits. All the items he discusses are *retiree* benefits.
- He’s not really talking about the 1% who served, he is talking about the 0.17% who receive retirement benefits (medical/pension)
- Medical: Tricare annual enrollment fee for retiree families is $520/year. Average civilian family health care cost is $13,375.
- Pension: A 42-yo Lt Col (0-5) who retires in 2011 after 20 yrs of service and lives another 40 years will be paid an additional $1,920,000.00
It seems like if Stephen Colbert was really interested in defending veterans, he would mention that 83% of them receive none of the benefits mentioned above.
(h/t to @jasonmbro for bringing this video to my attention)