Re "Benefits can add pain for spouses of fallen" (Page A8, Aug. 10): Let me get this straight. Things are not going well, so Katey Bagosy's military husband commits suicide. She accepts $400,000 non-taxable cash for starters, and she blows it on trips to the likes of Las Vegas etc. With $400,000 and x boyfriends later her excuse is "I tried to run." What about the two kids? Did she put a dime away for them?
She gets $1,500 benefits per month tax free plus part time job income, plus health care to die for, plus food stamps. But it's not enough. She says she feels like she has been slapped in the face because there might be a couple of dollars taxable.
Sorry, this bleeding heart's not buying it.
-- Bob Brauns, former USMC, Folsom