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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The military is the only true service in the government and its members are left with very little when they leave.

I have a relative who served in the Navy and retired as a chief after 23 years of service. He earned his pension and decided to pursue a civilian job.

He joined the railroad as a car repairman. He basically welded new steel onto the cars and made them usable again.

He was laid off from his position a few months back. Since he receives a pension, which he earned through nearly a quarter-century of service, he is not allowed to collect any unemployment benefits while looking for a new job.

Why would someone who dedicated more than half his life to defending freedom not be afforded the same benefits as a lifelong civilian?

Justin J. Bandurski


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