Col. Bill Malec must be so busy writing letters to various publications that it is understandable why he may get a few details wrong, such as dates. His letter of Dec. 11, praising Col. Bud Day, stated that Day’s lawsuit against the government reached the Supreme Court in 2003 and was rejected. He then writes that “Congress later established the existing TRICARE for Life program.” TRICARE for Life for Medicare-eligible retirees was established in 2001 because of the funds generated by the “dot-com” bubble as the government ran a surplus, for the last time, in tax receipts.
Not to diminish Col. Day’s service as a POW, but in the 2004 presidential election campaign Day was deeply involved with the very controversial organization known as “527 Swift Vets and POWs for Truth.” The groups’ main purpose was to smear Sen. Kerry’s war record and his subsequent anti-war stance.
Lee R. Pitzer, O’Fallon