I retired from the PDF in 2002 after 32 years of service. The country was on a roll. A decent pension and good life, I felt proud of having dedicated my whole work life to a country that cared about its retired population. Roll on 10 years – how bloody wrong I was? I turned 66 last year and my army pension was cut dramatically. My wife needs medical attention 24/7. She won’t be entitled to an OAP for another 3 years. The cut backs forced me to drop my private health insurance, get rid of my land line and cable service. We have to pay for 5 medications so my wife can have comfort from the aches and pains.
10 years ago I was rich with pride having worn my blue beret 6 times in Cyprus, the Leb (4 times) and Chad. My wife and I went on holidays every year to England, Greece, Spain and America. Two years ago she got sick and needs constant care. The sad reality is, we are but a number, a statistic. We are now the new poor in a country that has squashed us and drained us of our dignity. I can’t even afford to get oil to heat the house. Going for a pint is for the rich. Visiting sunny lands is for the lucky ones.
I am embarrassed to admit to my friends and family that we are in dire straits. The bankers got away scot free and the politicians are useless.
Re: The New Poor Hi Congo Vet I am so sorry to hear of your pain, contact your nearest SVP office or Advice Center and they may be able to help with advice etc, and possibility of buying a couple of 25 Ltrs of heating oil weekly to top up your tank over the cold weeks ahead. hopefully things work out for you quickly, Johnny