I served in the United States Army starting in 1978, went inactive reserve in 1981 after 38 months of active service and finished my inactive reserve in 1984.
Basically, veterans who served between 1977 and 1985 get very poor educational benefits and many of us had other benefits, like VA medical, taken away from us.
The United States has always found excuses to screw their veterans and they always will.
Back in 1932 President Hoover (R) had a cavalry unit attack a group of WW1 veterans and their families who marched to Washington demanding their veterans benefits. Patton actually saber whipped a veteran who had saved Patton's life during WW1. People, children, were killed during this attack. The veterans were called socialists for demanding that the United States government fulfill its promises. Search "Bonus March"
The United States governments failure to keep its promises and live up to its treaties is notorious world wide.
The French sided with the fledgling United States during the American Revolution. Without the French assistance the United States would never have been created.
The United States saved the French in two World Wars and took over the French disaster in Vietnam.
Today people do not remember that the United States and France share an interest in Liberty, throwing off the shackles of the monarchy, that other nations have only pretended.
The United States often forgets about its obligations or pretends it has no obligations.
Over the last several hundred years Native American Indians, African Americans, Chinese Americans, Veterans and almost every other ethnic or political group you can mention has been subjected to the failure of the United States to keep its promises.
Every administration more promises are made and broken and made and broken promises, its own promises and other administrations promises. Even promises that the United States has a legal obligation to fulfill.
This is the core reason the United States is so hated and disrespected in international circles.
The US cannot and never has lived up to its own standards either at home or in international policies.
The first step the United States government has to take is to admit the mistakes of the past, particularly the slave mongering, segregationist supporting Democrats.
Once we have admitted the mistakes, not keeping our word, we need to keep promises. Period. I don't care who makes them and how popular they are.
The promises we make are LAWS passed by Congress and signed by the President. These promises are reviewed by the Judiciary.
We need to keep our promises, to our people and to the rest of the world.