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Reducing military benefits threatens U.S. national security as surely as deep cuts in operations, maintenance and acquisition spending. A high-quality, all-voluntary U.S. military is unsustainable without sufficient benefits and incentives to attract and retain top-quality warriors.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)


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7 Responses

  1. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Ed – I’m an American Soldier, the Son of an American Soldier, and the father of three American Soldiers (two of which are still serving). My sons and I have been in a war zone for the last ten years in a row. How do you think this has left us feeling?

    By Gilberto Villahermosa

  2. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Don’t all War Lords do that to keep them suppressed! I am sure you know that we are a waring nation.

    By Harold Maxwell

  3. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Betrayed. I think that sums it up. Just like the police and firefighters who earned their pensions and are finding out that the contract they made is not being honored. The modification of pensions after someone has already worked for years is unethical. Has anything really changed from the days of the bonus marchers who demanded what they had been promised in WW1… And were run out of DC. Now that the war in Afghanistan is winding down … The military will also be dramatically downsized as well as benefits cut. Remember the major changes to the GI bill, and the large numbers of military personnel who were rifted after viet nam… and later the closing of bases. Drones, space weapons, robots, lasers cost big bucks… So people and benefits will be cut to preserve the programs that usually have huge cost over runs. If I sound cynical, it is because this cycle repeats itself with regularity. Cut the cost over runs, keep the weapons systems that actually deliver what was promised and retain benefits. Adequate compensation, decent benefits and respectful treatment by the VA should be a hallmark of our government towards those in the military.

    By Peter Kassebaum

  4. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Exactly right Ed. The USG has a contract with millions of uniformed retirees in the same manner it has through the VA with medical care. Both are subject to the Law of Unintended Consequences–the VA due to the advances in medical care keeping alive many who would have died as recently as Gulf War 1–and the USG with the ’20 years and out’ contract. Please do not believe that I am advocating cutting benefits–but the continuing numbers of retirees takes money from O&E, new weapons and so forth…the Volunteer Force has consequences probably not seen back in 1973–or if seen, swept under the rug–and the US has a situation. National Security is indeed under threat. So who will commit political suicide and either raise the retirement years and/or cut the retirees pay?
    As I said–I am not in favor of cuts–but am interested in others ideas about how to pay for the necessary upkeep of our forces. And remember that the USG can do whatever it feels like with the men and women who raised their right hands and pledged their blood, sweat and tears (apologies to WSC). It is known for doing just that. The “Kings’ silver you know…

    By John Primm, MPM

  5. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Hey, vets can get medical benefits from Obamacare, now. I told my retired military Demoncrat friends that their TRICARE would be one of the first good plans to be blown away by Obama.

    This is part of the traitor, Obama’s social anarchy plan to destroy the very fabric of America, and lends credence tot possibly credible rumors claiming that he wants to create massive social unrest so that he can declare martial law, and become our new Adolph Hitler.

    By Jim Horn

  6. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Everyone in today’s Military Industrial Complex must realize that you are doing a job for a corporation – U.S. government that is owned by elites who own the central banks and use ignorance and dependency as a slave to the system.

    By Patrick Sullivan

  7. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive how the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” — George Washington

    By Robert Mathers

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