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G.I. BILL...
by Ed Matlack
Monday, November 17, 2008
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All ex-military should submit,

A bill to the government they serve,

For payment of services rendered,

Though I doubt they have the nerve…


We give them little enough,

Their lives after serving is sometimes rough,

We pay them basically off the cuff,

For all they did to keep us safe & secure,

All the bad & really disgusting stuff…


Supposedly we all say them we support,

But where is that support after the fact,

When home they return, unfortunately,

We treat them with little if any tact,

Forget them they do, matters a great deal,

The governments with them initial pact…

© ed ~ 11/16/08

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 11/21/2008
This nam vet's wife agrees
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 11/18/2008


Reviewed by Ronald Hull 11/17/2008
G. I.s are owed a lot more than the lousy pay they get. Just fodder for the war machine.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/17/2008
I salute you!!

Love sTinka
Reviewed by Susan Smith 11/17/2008
Rudyard Kipling said it very well in his poem:
" ...
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' 'Chuck him out, the brute!'
But it's 'Saviour of 'is country' when the guns begin to shoot;
We owe our troops a debt in which we cannot adequately pay back. They gave us and ensure our freedom.
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 11/17/2008
Flag waving and cheers soon end and the vets are the ones left with the nightmares.

Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/17/2008
One wonders if government will ever get it right!
it seems no matter who is in office,things rarely
change for the rest of us!Excellent poem, Ed!

Reviewed by Georg Mateos 11/17/2008
After WWII there was a GI bill that provided for education, perhaps was out of elation at winning the war that the politicos felt generous, well i can't complain got my engineer's degrees, other weren't so lucky, they vacillated, waited too long, and found the door closed...again.
Probably the new Bill will help some not to be another homeless statistic.


Reviewed by Bonnie May 11/17/2008
My Hats off to you and them. My heart is with them in battle and God help them to return home. Great write my Patriotic friend. Well done. Love, Bonnie
Reviewed by Felix Perry 11/17/2008
So right you are my friend.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/17/2008
No argument from me, Ed ... none, whatsoever. I'd like to see those in high office live on what we "peons" exist on - next to nothing!!! They say, "Thank you for your service, now get out of here." Thank YOU, government, for keeping promises, made - NOT!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by larry linville 11/17/2008
well written, ed. It seems that we forget them quickly in our "throw away" society.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/17/2008
Actually, a new G.I. Bill was recently passed, after a two-year delay. It will actually provide almost enough money for vets to attend college. But there's already a SNAFU. The VA says it doesn't have the manpower to process all the new claims, and, of course, our 'leaders' now want to hand the processing over to private contractors, so once again, they can make a fortune, off the blood, sweat, and tears, of our veterans.

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