J. Chabot: Bring back the GI Bill

My husband and I were born during the Depression. When my husband was in high school, he excelled in his studies and decided he wanted to go to college. His parents could not afford it, so he joined the Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

He applied to a college in Indiana and started college as soon as he was discharged. He received his degree in engineering in less than three years.

Our children went to college also; two are engineers, one is an accountant and the other builds ships at Bath Iron Works. The grandchildren also went to college, are in college or planning to go to college.

Does that make us "snobs," as one presidential candidate described us?

We gave back to our communities in many ways, as our children are doing.

I hope members of Congress will listen. The GI Bill made it all possible and it is needed again for all the returning servicemen who have been fighting to save our freedom.

Jeannine Chabot, Auburn

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Steve  Dosh's picture

Jeannine, March 5, 2012 4 pm

Jeannine, March 5, 2012 4 pm ? hst
. .umm , †hanks Dan
We are all operating under a presumption that there is a * new * GI bill out there , s o m e w h e r e . Hold that thought , though •
Welcome Home Veterans , female and male alike , /s, Dr. Dosh , Hawai'i , FSO ( ret.) http://vhv-vetshelpingvets.com/ former Togus VA worker . ..
\/olunteer today :)

Douglas Mac antSaior's picture

I believe it was your messiah

I believe it was your messiah who just took the axe to benefits for active duty military, retirees, and dependents.

Douglas Mac antSaior's picture

If you weren't feeble, I'd

If you weren't feeble, I'd ask you outside for the liar remark. That said, the Dems have screwed the military time and again. Back in the Clinton years, he had us scrounging parts and cannibalizing jets to keep them flying; all while picking fights around the globe. He defunded JP5 jet fuel so pilots were going into combat without carrier qualifications and consequently, many died. Now, Obama has decided to take his military cuts to the families, active, and retired military first. Let him keep cutting and we'll see how anxious they are to run into danger for his rotten carcass next time... if he makes it past November.

Dems+ Vets

Lewiston is the home of a brand new VA health center which was championed,+ fought for+achieved largely because of the efforts of the only former paper mill worker serving in the US Congress,Democrat Mike Michaud! Thanks Mike.

RONALD RIML's picture

And what 'cuts' would those be, Doug??

And what 'cuts' would those be, Doug??

As retired military, I know that it has been proposed that I pay a higher premium on my Tri-Care Insurance.

Who in the country isn't getting socked with higher health care costs??

Now we wouldn't have to do that if the Republicans went along with raising taxes - but that will never happen. So I don't mind paying a little bit more. And the Military's making one heck of a lot more - even with inflation, than when you or I was in.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Neither raising nor cutting

Neither raising nor cutting taxes will over work on their own merit as long as concomitant spending cuts continue to remain an absent part of the mix, wouldn't you say?

RONALD RIML's picture

A balanced mixed

A balanced mixed - which the Republicans obviously won't even begin to consider.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

When, in our lifetimes, have

When, in our lifetimes, have the democrats or republicans for that matter, ever met tax cuts with reductions in spending? The guilt goes to both sides of the aisle, doesn't it? We have a two party system that is no longer serving the people but rather serving itself. It has become corrupt and the will of the people is being ignored repeatedly. How can anyone in this country be satisfied with the way things have become?

RONALD RIML's picture

You completely missed the boat....

Care to try again???

Douglas Mac antSaior's picture



Aren't the Tri-Care cuts enough? (We Tri to care...but we don't)

Raising taxes is never the answer; smaller government is. Add to that an overhaul of the tax code, flat tax, and then there would be no need to fund the red tape of the IRS. Oh, and while we are at it, why should a couple with kids get back more than what they put in? If we had a more sensible scale and did away with the child tax credit, there would be no deficit. Sadly, since many working class have kids, they would rather drone on about 'corporate' welfare rather than the money from the sky they receive that they never paid in.

RONALD RIML's picture

Not a question of

Not a question of "Raising Taxes"

But of returning the tax rates to what they had been. Reagan, Bush I and Bush II all cut taxes while piling on the debt.

Them chickens have come home to roost exponentially......

Douglas Mac antSaior's picture

Lazy link I know...too tired

Lazy link I know...too tired this morning to go search the AP.


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