Letter: Budget deal

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

Looks like the Senate will pass the budget proposal, which will take billions from military retirees. During Clinton's presidency, he used deep military cuts (the Peace Dividend) to help balance the budget. Many military people didn't get promoted, lost their jobs and their opportunities for a military retirement as a result.

I was fortunate that I did get promoted, but my promotion was three years later than normal, as were the subsequent advancements. I suppose you could figure the loss of income was well over $100,000. I am not complaining, as I am thankful and blessed to have made it to retirement and am also willing to sacrifice to get this nation out of debt.

I still have a good retirement for which I am very thankful. I just wonder why it is that these politicians find it so easy to make military folks pay and not others? In our last two conflicts, the nation went on like normal. Many never really sacrificed anything, except for the soldiers, airmen, sailors, Marines and the families of the enlisted. Shouldn't wars (and budget battles) be fought by the whole nation, like in World War II? Sometimes I just don't get the logic.

Ken Mattison

West Point

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