MSGT. John T. Hunt Deserves a Military Funeral
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MSGT. John T. Hunt died in an unexpected (horrible) accident recently and in his doing so a vast injustice the Government is now perpetrating on it’s veterans was recognized. John Hunt served 26 years in the Air Force, he went through three wars and ...
MSGT. John T. Hunt died in an unexpected (horrible) accident recently and in his doing so a vast injustice the Government is now perpetrating on it’s veterans was recognized. John Hunt served 26 years in the Air Force, he went through three wars and was actually a very decorated NCO. After retiring from the Military he gave the next 18 ½ years of his life to Federal Law Enforcement before being forced into medical retirement after a massive heart attack. Being the family man he always was, John set his wife of 63 years (Olga Hunt) and his family up in the event of his death, either untimely or naturally (or so he thought). He was promised life insurance policies from both the Military as well as the Federal Government, he paid into a Survivor’s Benefit Program for almost 30 years and he banked on the promise that his funeral expenses and burial were covered by the very same Government he gave his life in service to. He did this because he assumed this money would take care of his wife and two daughters and ease at least some of the financial burdens generally accompanied by the loss of the family income. He and his wife became physically disabled to the point of needing full time, 24-hour a day care a few years ago (John was legally blind due to service related injuries and Olga developed Benswangers which is a dementia memory problem that kept her from being able to be left alone). John’s pension and Olga’s Social Security are the only form of income the family had. When the accident occurred it was presumed that John’s safety nets were in place. Come to find out that The Department of Defense no longer honors the Military life insurance policies when the insured passes the age of 75. Now if this information had been communicated to Mr. Hunt when he approached his 75th birthday 4 ½ years ago other plans to pick up at least a burial policy for him could have been made. The V.A.’s response when this question was posed to them was, “We are not required to warn the pensioners, they should inquire about their accounts if they have concerns.” [How do you ask about something you don’t know to ask about?] It also comes to light that the Military no longer covers burial expenses or funerals for their veterans, the Survivor’s Benefits he thought he had in place have been cut down to a one-time payment equaling ½ of one months pay because the Government can’t afford to support veteran’s families long term any longer. Now Mr. Hunt, who thought he had everything covered to ensure his families basic survival, has ultimately been hung out to dry. After a lifetime of [literal] service to his Country, his community and his family, he can not even go out with the dignity and honors he deserves.
MSGT. John T. Hunt, deserves and is entitled to be buried with full Military honors. I am appealing to whomever I can for donations for a burial fund for him to be buried in a National Cemetery, and survival money for his family who has been left literally penniless by this misfortune.
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