Reading the Aug. 19 Columbian story “VA benefits limited for ejected veterans” about Jarrid Starks, who got an “other-than-honorable discharge” from the Army, raised my temper. This man received that discharge, according to the story, “by pot smoking and taking absences without leave (AWOL)” and now wants the government, meaning me, a taxpayer, to give him medical benefits. This is like firing an employee who had worked and done a better-than-average job, then steals something from the company and wants to come to the Christmas party and get his Christmas bonus.
If you do less than honorable things in your life, that is your choice. Just be prepared to pay the price. Jails are full of people who are paying that price. They are not invited to the Christmas party.