September 28, 2009

Obama to WWII Alaskan Territorial Guard vets: No, you cannot have a pension

There are (were?) 26 of these veterans receiving benefits, and another 37 who were in the application process.  The Alaskan Territorial Guard was a reserve force assembled largely out of men and some women from native tribes, as well as whites who lived in Alaska.  They volunteered to served, and received nothing for it.  Yeah, as in, no pay, no nothing, they had to do this while they tried to take care of their families and villages, which itself isn't easy, given the extreme climate of Alaska.  Former Senator Ted Stevens was able to secure honorable discharges for all living members of the ATG, and get them benefits.  Obama just handed down an order that payments were to stop, and other applications have been put on hold. 

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