John McCain has evaluated and vetoed the Webb GI Educational Assistance Act . The act would provide free tuition up to the amount of the most expensive public college in the state and housing to service men who have served as Active Duty servicemen. The amount would be based upon the amount of service given. If a serviceman serves three years in the military which is a full tour of duty, the serviceman will receive four years tuition and board. According to the bill the serviceman would not be eligible to receive funds from other federal programs. For servicemen who choose to go to institutions that exceed the cost of a public college the federal government would match funds given by these institutions to the servicemen.
John McCain in vetoing this bill has shown a very cavalier attitude and insensitive attitude towards the troops who protect our country in several ways. The first way he has shown his disrespect and contempt for the troops is by not extending to the troops the same privileges and rights this country extended to him when he attended the Naval Academy. Any student who attends a Federal Military Academy is extended free Tuition and Board for the entire time that they attend. Therefore attendance at WestPoint, The Naval Academy, and The Air Force Academy is free. John McCain did not pay a cent for his Military education and the refusal to grant servicemen who have already served our country the same right extended to those who have not ever served or country and may never serve our country is reprehensible and shameful.
In addition, the argument that extendeding these benefits to GI’s for one tour of duty would reduce the troop ratio by 16%is just an awful argument. If 16% of troops serve a full tour of duty and decide that they want to go and get an education the honest truth is maybe they did not want to be in the military in the first place and may have joined the military because they could not afford an education. If they are willing to put their aspirations and desires on the back burner to serve their country, to literally risk their lives, there should be nothing their country would not do to reciprocate. These are troops joining the military in the absence of a draft and they could literally lose their lives for this service. This should be repayed.
In addition if one were to really be concerned with the 16% of troop attrition that John McCain says that he’s concerned with, the terms of the Gi Educational Bill could possibly encourage more individuals to join the military. Finally some people who join the military absolutely and positively do not want to pursue higher education this is why they chose to join the military.
McCains veto of this bill brings up a very real concern that he does not have the compassion and concern for citizens of the United States that a President should possess. His veto of the bill is a very cold action and a slap in the face to people who could die at any moment serving this country. I suppose the question for McCain is what does he think the value of a life is. Insurance companies that are sued because of loss of life often pay upwards of 200,000 dollars for a lost life and McCain obviously feels the value of a life is much less than this.