The budget axes are out, and the pay and benefits earned by military personnel and military retirees are the first targets. Cut pay and allowances, raise health care fees, change the retirement system and save millions. Military personnel are an easy target, at the mercy of a Congress that hides behind the myth of the phrase “this grateful nation.”
It is politically expedient for them to continue to waste trillions of dollars funding the Energy Department that for the past 40 years has overseen a crisis in energy develop into a disaster; a Department of Education that has overseen the downward spiral from the pinnacle of excellence to near Third World status; an illegal alien population eating our social services alive; and foreign aid to nations that threaten this county’s very existence.
Words from the past come back to haunt military retirees. “We know your pay is substandard, but you must not forget you are earning as a form of delayed pay, free health care for you and your dependents as long as you live.” They had no choice but to believe for that promise came from the highest levels of the military hierarchy.
From Rudyard Kipling: “For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ ‘Chuck him out the brute!’ But it’s ‘Savior of ‘is country’ when the guns begin to shoot; An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please; An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool – you bet that Tommy sees!”
Today, military retirees also see.