To the Editor:

I read in the paper today (April 25) that soldiers giving their G.I. Bill to their spouse or kids would require four more years of service.

Well, that is a start.

In my opinion, it should be taken away from the kids and only allowed to be used by the soldier or spouse.

I’m tired of hearing my high school students tell me they don’t have to fill out scholarships, FAFSA, or do anything to contribute to their education because their parent is giving him/her the G.I. Bill to go to school.

They are not at any disadvantage because they move around. They don’t deserve it.

The soldier is fighting, or did fight, for our freedom, not the child.

Parents of all careers struggle to put their kids through college.

Why should the military child get a free ride and others don’t?

I’m sad to see it affecting the spouse, but not the dependent.

Michele Granados


(9) comments


Having given 28 years of my ilfe to serving my country, how dare you try to justify saying that my children should not benefit from what I earned. I have 4 children and 2 step kids who have benefited from the military life for MANY years. I gave my GI bill to my daughter, who is in her 2nd year of a 4 year school, and is now on the Dean's list. As some others have already commented, it is OURS to decide who uses it. NONE of my children will have ever started and finished high school in the same school- I have a junior and freshman- they make friends, then I get sent on to my next assignment. Then they have to start all over once again. They sacrifice enough, as their father, giving them something back is just a start for what they get put through. I could care less of your profession- just hope that you are NOT a educator- what a example to set and what a image to portray to ALL those who read the paper. Freedom of speech protects you- that's a right I AM DEFENDING for people like you. Next time, keep it to yourself!!

Mamma Griz

Ms. Granados:: Please explain this comment of yours: "They are not at any disadvantage because they move around". Either you don't know military life or you don't care. I'm from the generation when we didn't move that much-- but the military didn't have all the benefits they have now either. Nowdays, the military gets moved from post to post more often then they used to-- get used to one school and a bunch of friends and ZAP you are transferred. Not at a disadvantage? Surely you jest! And the parents get used to something and ZAP there they go. And how many civilians have to go fight in Iraq or some God-forsaken place and have to leave family behind? Or father goes to fight and comes home in a flag-draped casket. My grandson, thank the good Lord, came home upright and walking.


My husband is giving part of his GI Bill to our daughter for college, he earned the right to do whatever he wants with it by giving 26 years of his blood sweat and tears. I'm sorry that you don't like that ma'am. My daughter does well in school and we've been saving for her college since the day I found out I was pregnant 16 years ago.
Being given a "free ride" doesn't mean you still don't have to work to be ACCEPTED to your school of choice.
You ma'am are obviously NOT military in any way, as you don't seem to have a clue what it is military children go through when their parent is deployed.


Well, unless non-military children's parents' jobs involve being away from home for over a year at times, the possibility of getting shot at or blown up and have relatively low pay that wouldn't allow affording college, the writer doesn't really have a leg to stand on. I recently retired and am very glad that the 9/11 GI bill allowed me to transfer the college education to my daughter. Luckily, I have the experience and certifications to work a good job after the Army. Even though my wife and I had saved for our daughter's college, it wouldn't have been enough. Transferring it to her was a blessing. I do feel for the soldiers currently in who - even though they might have served 10-15 years already, will incur another 4 year obligation to transfer the 9/11 GI Bill. Just another example of how soldiers get treated by our leaders after the war is over. That and the monumentally poor leadership (on both sides) that led to the sequester.

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Proud Military Wife

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Proud Military Wife

I can't believe you live and work in a military community and have that attitude. Shame on you!! This benefit can't replace the countless events my husband has missed in our daughters lives: school plays, awards programs, 1st steps, 1st lost tooth, 1st date, 1st heartbreak, Christmas, birthdays and so many more times that we can't get back and no amount of video can replace actually being together. Not to mention the tears and fears my daughters have had while their dad was in constant danger while down range. My husband has earned this benefit by his blood, sweat, tears in the 20 years he has given to the Army and this country. We don't get many benefits compared to what we give as a military family, so DON"T deny us the ones we do get. Until you have lived this life, don't complain!


Hard to believe an educator would even write a letter & publicize this kind of opinion for all to see. Must be way out of touch with the stressors military kids face through their school careers. Both comments below make good points.


"Parents of all careers struggle to put their kids through college." True, but not all careers have the parents deployed to dangerous zones, moved to new schools every few years ( with some in failing districts like the ones you are teaching in), and having their children deal with a lack of continuity of education. Less than 1% of our population serve in the military and to be in denial of the struggles that are present in the military child's life should have you banned as an educator. As an educator, you should champion any effort to continue education in any student, but especially in these children that have been dealt a rough blow of being brought up in homes torn by the very real consequences of war.


Well, it happenss that the Post 9-11 GI Bill is a valuable retention tool for the military. More to the point, the entitlement that they have earned is theirs, not yours, to command. If the military sponsor chooses to transfer some of that entitlement to a child, that is none of your business. As an educator, you continue to have the responsibility to provide educational information to your students without involving yourself in the personal business of the adult parents of your students. Further, your comments upon whether or not the recipients of these entitlements "deserve" it or not are wildly inappropriate and again, this is none of your business nor in your lane as an educator to determine. Nor are any "free rides" involved for any of these children, as they serve along with the sponsor military member. Clearly, you have a problem with these issues and perhaps they would be best resolved by you moving to a new and exciting career at Burger King.

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