Puerto Rican vets shorted on benefits
Unequal health plans come with overseas status
Military widows and veterans in Puerto Rico receive fewer health benefits than their counterparts in the United States, even though Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens and serve shoulder-to-shoulder with their countrymen in Iraq and Afghanistan.
That means that, like all island spouses whose soldier husbands or wives were killed in the latest U.S. wars, the widow of Army Sgt. Jeffrey Michael Rada Morales would get less than fully paid health insurance -- simply for living in Puerto Rico.
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Editor's Note: This is so unfair to Puerto Rican soldiers and their families. Again, this has to do with Puerto Rico's political status issue. Puerto Ricans fight the same battles, yet are not equally paid. Come on!