Opinion Article Archives
by Tom Jurkowsky, Author
JAN 4, 2020
Congratulations are in order for our Congress and the Trump administration for seeing the NDAA through to fruition, keeping the right balance of mission first, but people always. Well done.
DEC 27, 2019
It's a frightening problem that has flown beneath the American radar. It's time for it to be addressed.
Nov 12, 2019
Oklahoma City, OK
Under current law, military survivors whose sponsors die from service-connected causes must forfeit part or all of their purchased military survivor benefits when they receive Dependency and Indemnity Compensation from the Veterans Administration. These separate benefits offset each other, meaning every dollar a widow or widower receives in military survivor benefits is reduced for every dollar from the VA.
OCT 28, 2019
Despite warnings, it's a problem that our political leadership has not acted upon and the media largely have ignored
SEP 13, 2019
This is where the conferees can shine. This is their opportunity to show leadership by correcting a wrong that has gone on for more than 40 years and has allowed our nation to turn its back on the survivors of the men and women who gave their lives to protect this country.
AUG 19, 2019
Trump needs to explain to the American public why the playing field needs to be leveled in an appropriate venue--not answering questions from shouting reporters in front of a whirling helicopter on the White House lawn.
AUG 4, 2019
I tire of our political leaders who continue to give lip service to our military service members and their families, praising them for going into harm's way and for their sacrifices. Their rhetoric is hollow.
JUL 7, 2019
For over four decades, under current law, survivors of service members who die in a military operation or service-connected cause are required to forfeit part or all of an annuity their service member purchased as a life insurance policy while they were on active duty.
FEB 1, 2019
The Maryland state legislature has a great opportunity this year to make a significant contribution to the state's economy--while at the same time acknowledging those veterans who have retired from military service.
JUN 24, 2018
Hampton Roads, Virginia
China's addition of aircraft carriers to its fleet is revealing about its intentions. Much of what has been written recently about the Chinese navy focuses on its operations in the South China Sea. But the signals are clear that it will soon be operating globally.