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Updated: 02/03/2014 08:00:00AM

Vet barely scraping by on wartime pension

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Editor’s note: This story is the second of two parts.

Jack Monahan served three tours in Vietnam during the war. He returned to Sarasota in 1969 and became a general contractor. He was doing well until the housing market took a nosedive a few years back, and he lost everything. At 70, he’s not in great health and he lives in an efficiency apartment in east Venice. He subsists on a wartime veteran’s pension of just over $1,000 per month, and life is tough.

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