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LETTER: TRICARE hikes not justified

York Dispatch

Frankly, I and my family are very upset at seeing our military benefits package suffer one hit after another as national leaders view service members like every other citizen. A military career is very difficult, and military families sacrifice a great deal. They need a solid healthcare benefit now, and look forward to a healthcare benefit for life, pre-paid by 20 or 30 potentially deadly years of service. Yet each year, Congress seems to chip away at the healthcare benefit for these men and women and their families. Lawmakers, please act now to stop this constant attack on our men and women in uniform.

A Senate proposal for the National Defense Authorization Act is to increase TRICARE prescription co-payments for the third time in four years — then to institute programmed further increases over the next nine years. Come on. I know the Air Force Sergeants Association and the Military Coalition have repeatedly pointed out other Defense Department healthcare areas that are actual wastes that have never been enacted. And I know that my family and I have earned our healthcare benefits. I strongly feel that these further co-payment cuts need to be stopped.

I hope you'll agree with me that military members deserve better than this from our national leaders, that we already "pay" enough for this nation through our service and sacrifice, and that further TRICARE cost increases are not justified.