Anyone who believes the federal government is going to give them something for nothing has been living under a rock for their entire life.

The best example I can cite is my military retirement insurance.

When I first joined the military, I was told that after 20 years of active service, I would receive my health insurance at no cost to me or my family for the rest of our lives.

By the time I retired, I had to pay a fee of $240 every year and a co-pay every time I see the doctor, plus pay for my prescription drugs. This was not bad, but my retirement was not a lot either.

As the years went along, the payment went up to $539 a year, drug cost has doubled and my co-pay went up.

Under the proposed plan in Congress I would pay $750 per year by the end of 2014, and by the end of 2016 I will be paying the sum of $ 1,050 a year, while at the same time Congress wants to cap military retirement to a 1 percent increase annually.

It may not sound like much, but remember I started being promised this insurance for free.

So remember two years from now when the state is cutting education benefits to pay for a program that the federal government was supposed to pay for, don’t blame anyone but yourself.

If we are lucky maybe our senator from New Orleans can get us another Louisiana Purchase.

Roger L. Baldridge

U.S. Army, retired

Denham Springs