It used to be that young people would join the U.S. military for the paycheck, or to see the world, or for the educational benefits. And that's all fine and good (except, of course, during the times when they might be sent off to fight an unnecessary and senseless war).
But now some young people are joining the military for another reason: for the health care benefits.
Ironically, they are volunteering for a potentially dangerous (and potentially deadly) job so that they and their families won't have to die from an untreated illness or injury.
That's a heck of a price to pay.
And what does it say about our society when people have to go to such extremes in order to "survive"?