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"Not all military retirees fought in combat, but as a group they certainly know how to attack any legislation plan that cuts into their pensions." This sentence shouldn't be needed. I fought in combat 45 years ago, but there were an awful lot of Soldiers who were important to me, personally. They arranged for me to be fed, to the extent that a poncho and ponch liner constitute shelter, they arranged for me to have that and every 10 days, I received clean socks and fatigues that some Soldiers arranged to get out to me and my brothers in our company in the mountains of Vietnam. Food, shelter, clothing, the essentials (okay, munitions, too), but there are so many roles necessary for the United States to field an Army. Perhaps equally important to our nations security interests are the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who remain trained, prepared and poised to provide the nation's power projection capabilities. Maybe it's not exactly a throw of the dice that determines who fights and who supports (did I mention that I liked to be paid regularly?), but anyone could be thrown into the fight, and the citizens of these United States have relied on each and every one for our nation's security.
Steve Give Peace a Chance