Military retirement after 20 years isn’t an “entitlement.” It was earned, and often at great cost, and earned as well by the wives and husbands who didn’t deploy with their spouses but who served as single parents and base coordinators as well. Yes, the military received raises during the past 12 years, but no private sector firm would dare argue that raises given for work that is hard and dangerous provides an excuse to dock retirement pay by the same amount.
Promises were made. Promises relied upon. Promises that should be kept from the lowliest private to the most senior general.
They and their families earned every dollar they are owed. Members of the House and the Senate who break that promise shouldn’t expect one vote from a veteran or a friend of a veteran. Representatives who vote against restoration will call it a “tough vote.” Not nearly as tough as the time spent away from family on even one 15-month deployment to Afghanistan(Read More)