- Posted September 12, 2013 by
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Salute to troops
no mail for navy vet
You can't. As of 01 October we no longer can receive US mail per Dept of State notice. That only applies to contractors, DoS direct employees are keeping their privileges. DoS says it cost to much or our only alternative is DHL and a regular letter is $40 to mail. I've written my Congressman asking how DoS whose mandate is to promote democracy aboard can restrict US Citizens working on a US Govt contract and living/ working on US Embassy can be restricted from their constitutional rights to vote. Since we now can't even get absentee ballots either because of no mail delivery? Guess I fought and served to protect rights of others but can't protect my own rights as veteran unless I quit working?
That's on top of us now having to pay Iraq 15% tax every check even though we can't file Iraq tax returns because we are US Citizens. DoS personnel don't fall under this new tax. For me that is $17,500 per year. At least it offsets $ for $ I would owe the US but the US government would still have to pay any benefits I pull be entitled to as if I paid the amount in US taxes. Especially in the current budget crunch the federal government is going through. We figured the average tax for the contractors here and the Iraq govt is getting $119 million dollars a year from the contractors even though the contractors are NOT using or allowed to use any Iraqi services because we work and live on the embassy.
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