Robert Freniere was a Colonel in the Air Force, he retired with 30 years of service, including a tour as an aide to Generals in the Pentagon, where he was on September 11, 2001 when terrorists attacked it. He has Masters Degrees in Political Science, Criminal Justice and National Security and Strategic Studies, he has held at the very least a Top Secret clearance, and most likely a TS/SCI clearance, he served in combat zones in places like Somalia, Panama, Haiti and Kuwait, he has knowledge and skills people would kill for, he was once a special aide to General Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of all combat forces in Afghanistan. Robert Freniere is also homeless.
This is UNACCEPTABLE. He is an American combat veteran, and he lives out of his van. Yes he does draw a pension, but the $40,000 he receives is will not cover the financial collapse he suffered after he became estranged from his wife, and the cost of sending his kids to college. It’s not like Col (RET) Freniere isn’t looking for a job, he spends 6-7 hours a day at public computers filling out applications and sending out his résumé, yet he has not heard back from any prospective employers.
What makes this story even worse is the abominable act of congress when they passed the budget and cut Military retiree pensions by 1 1/2%, yet refused to cut any welfare for illegal aliens. A decorated combat veteran with over 30 years of service to this country is being hung out to dry, while the politicians pander to criminals for votes. Our veterans are being thrown away, the people who have sacrificed the most for this country are being traded off for those who have come here illegally and have not given one ounce back to this country, they have taken and taken and want more, while our elected officials spit on our veterans like Col (RET) Freniere. This is unacceptable and should be stopped, we need to take of those who sacrificed for us, and not sacrifice for those who have done nothing.