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Veteran: Learn to live within means

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In 1955, I was an army private with a wife and two boys. My pay was $216 a month, and I ran out of money on the 20th of each month.

I worked at three part-time jobs to supplement my income. The army provided no additional monetary allowance for my three dependants. Their policy was: “If the army wanted you to have a wife, they would issue you one.”

It never occurred to me to ask for government assistance. I accepted my status as a natural situation.

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