Veterans

The Rise and Fall of a Patriot

by Diane Dimond on November 26, 2012

He Dedicated His Life to Serve America

In 1970, a diminutive 18 year old from rural Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y. traveled nine miles south from his parent’s home and checked in at the front gate at what would be his new residence for the next four years.

He had worked hard in high school to get the grades to qualify for this unique place and in return he had pledged an additional five years of service to the organization.

The young man was David Petraeus and by walking through the front gate at the U.S. Military Institute at West Point he committed to spending the next nine years of his life connected to the United States Army. By the end of his military career he had served 37 years and reached the rank of four-star General.

This country invested heavily in developing Petraeus into the successful and well-decorated military leader he became. We spent about a million dollars on his extensive education: West Point, Ranger School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. In the mid-80’s there was the cost of Princeton University where he earned both a Masters and his PhD in International Relations. And during that time, according to military and West Point sources, Petraeus would have been receiving take home military pay of between $50,000 and $60,000 thousand a year. Low cost commissary goods and housing (or a housing allowance) were also part of the deal.  [click to continue…]

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