Veterans must not embrace the suck in budget deal

As you probably know by now, I’m a combat veteran who gave 22 years of my life in service to our great Republic and deployed to two combat zones: Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

I followed the example of my dad, who served in World War II, and my older brother in Vietnam, and now my nephew has heeded that call to service, already earning trips into the combat zone of Afghanistan. He will be promoted to Major in January.

I’m also a “veteran” of Congress and I was absolutely appalled at the House of Representatives’ passage of the Budget Act of 2013 legislation last Thursday. Here is why.

As we reported last week and the Washington Times Josh Hicks reports today,

“The budget agreement crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) would reduce cost-of-living adjustments for working-age military retirees by 1 percent starting in December 2015. The existing rate would apply again when former service members reach age 62.”

I sure hope to stay healthy and get to 62. But once trust is broken I doubt it can be restored. As Hicks writes,

“The provision is projected to save $6 billion, but the Veterans of Foreign Wars estimated it would mean $80,000 less by age 62 for a typical enlisted person who retires at age 40.”

Saving $6 billion on the backs of those who have been willing to make the last full measure of devotion to their country seems minuscule and imbecilic in concept. Six billion dollars represents .017 percent of the current budget – now divide that by ten years. It is idiotic.

Although this has passed the House, it is running into problems in the US Senate, with Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) saying they cannot support it.

The Washington Times reports:

Armed forces advocates spoke out against the reduction last week, saying it could affect retention for the military. “Currently serving members look at how they, their families, retirees and survivors have been treated when making career choices,” said Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, president of the Military Officers Association of America. VFW National Commander William Thien added: ”The last thing our nation can afford is a mass exodus of mid-career enlisted and officers because they no longer feel welcome or in control of their military careers.”

Every veteran and anyone who feels this is a miscarriage of justice should send this quote from George Washington to every Member of the House of Representatives who voted “Yea” on this budget legislation and to every Senator, –especially those on Armed Services Committee:

“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 veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.”

I find it unconscionable that this was buried in the “deal” created by Senator Murray and Representative Paul Ryan. I am almost certain most of those who voted “Yea” in the House did not even read the legislation.

I certainly shall not, and I pray you will not, “embrace the suck” as so aptly put by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. I for one am sick of the “pass the bill in order to find out what is in it” mentality.

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Margaret Trombley
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dennis arthur
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How about we start by cutting the welfare rolls and food stamps of those who are lazy and don ‘t work first instead of letting these bloodsuckers live off the government dole while our hardworking men and women in the military risk their lives, to protect their lazy asses???????? Oh wait that wouldn’t fit in with the re-distribution of wealth plan. I guess Paul Ryan hopped on that bandwagon now too. He’s out for a presidential nominee. Next! Hey Allen please head up a tea party as a party and let’s raise money and get rid of these phony RINOS… Read more »
Richard M
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I bet we could save as much or more by getting rid of the ILLEGAL NON-IMMIGRANTS in this country. And get rid of foreign aid since it does not breed loyalty anyhow.

Andy Trimble
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All due respect Brother West, aren’t you for smaller gubmint? And for shared sacrifice?

You’re all for cuts until it reaches your doorstep.

Rooster
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This is a dangerous world Andy. Small or large, there wouldn’t be any government to protect without our all-volunteer military.

It’s not a left or right issue.

To paraphrase the gist of Col. West’s article above…how many will be willing to volunteer in the future, when they see the treatment of today?

It’s not like they’re raking in the dough now…and that includes officers. They serve for reasons many on the left refuse understand, and continue to serve for reasons many on the left are incapable of understanding!

Geez…put down the Kool-Aid just for a moment!

Andy Trimble
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LOL… I love my fellow conservatives, always assuming that someone disagrees with them is automatically a left wing kook. I stand by what I said, but I’ll state it a different way: Until everyone decides that they can cut back a little, we’re going to get nowhere. I would have appreciated Col West’s article had he said, “As long as ALL entitlement programs and gubmint pensions, and gubmint workers are talking the same paycut, I’m fine with this.” But he sounds just like the liberals when he rails against gubmint spending, except when it touches the military. The libtards want… Read more »
Public Patriot
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I suggest to you Andy Trimble, that you forgo $80,000 of what you paid for and there fore earned in your gubmint Social Security (misnamed by the way like other monikers the gubmint likes to label with as to mislead), then tell us again how you like having this despicable hidden reduction at your doorstep! Ya think it may be a different tune you are playing at that time? It is very easy to find fault with anothers exception to having their ox gored.. try walking in their shoes before complaining. Shared sacrifice includes you, or are you one of… Read more »
Andy Trimble
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If that’s what it took to get our gubmint to get our fiscal house in order, I would.

Conservative NOT Racist
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Conservative NOT Racist
I doubt it bubba. Something you have obviously never considered is this. When we joined the military, we were basically giving a blank check to our nation that said “payable up to and including death to defend our nation from tyranny.” Those who gave their full measure of time are not leeches, but patriots. Those who would deny them their just rest are nothing but loathsome creatures who’s only interest is in their OWN self interest. What we have here is an ongoing attack on our military by a destructive administration who’s sole intent is to make the United States… Read more »
Andy Trimble
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I don’t “support” this bill. But I’m beginning to see why the Tea Party is portrayed as kooks. Just because I disagree with this article (mostly the vantage point of it) everyone on here is condescending and insulting to me. You guys who put in your 20 years act like all the other unions. You were promised it, so you demand it. You don’t give a damn whether or not the country goes broke. Guys who were wounded in battle are the only ones I would be upset over because of these cuts. You volunteered, remember? You weren’t in theatre… Read more »
Conservative NOT Racist
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Conservative NOT Racist
Once again proving you know jack all about how it works, you open your mouth and spout out crap. First of all, child, it wasn’t “promised” like a pinky swear. It was in a CONTRACT with the government. Second of all, since you obviously were not interested in serving your country, you have no idea what these guys and gals do each and every day. Third, you moron, they make LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE for most of their careers. They SERVE. YOU SUCK. Now stop whining like a little biatch and understand that YES, our government is broke. NO, it… Read more »
Andy Trimble
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What a class act you are. This is why our gubmint is broken, people like you who haven’t the decency to have a civil conversation with someone who disagrees with you on a fiscal policy issue. Actually, I agree with West’s point about the military pensions. I disagree with the way he presented it in this article. You have no idea whether or not I ever served in the military. You don’t know if my dad served in Korea, or my father in law did either. You don’t know how many of my brothers died in Vietnam, or whether or… Read more »
Conservative NOT Racist
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Conservative NOT Racist
So sorry if you were offended. Not really, but it seems to be what you want. Nothing you say is worth crap now. You’ve just back-pedaled on everything you started out to say. I doubt you’ve ever had anyone serve anywhere, and frankly, your attack on whoever doesn’t agree with YOUR point of view is indicative of you being a liberal troll. If you DO pray, pray for forgiveness for being as big a liar as our current squatter in the White House. Nothing you say here is worth the time you took to type it. Basically, so that I… Read more »
Andy Trimble
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I’ve said nothing nasty or insulting as you have.

You are the liberal troll. Trying to make real conservatives look like angry, spiteful and ignorant people.

I will pray for you.

Conservative NOT Racist
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Conservative NOT Racist
Sure Andy, sure. You go on spouting your crap, and believing that anyone outside of yourself actually thinks your telling the truth. I’m done. And don’t pray for me. I’m not the one in need of it. Well, maybe I am, but I really don’t need……yours. Specifically yours. That’s just pathetic that you lie and lie, then you try to say you’ll pray for me? Ugh. Btw, this will be the last post to you. You’re BORING for one thing. And too easy to push into backpedaling on everything you started out saying. Trust me, the other site that I… Read more »
Andy Trimble
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Well, I’m glad that you weren’t wounded while you were dishing out potatoes on the chow line.

They called you “Cookie” during your time in the coast guard, didn’t they?

Kevin Ian Quinn
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You’re a liar. The moment someone says “cut school spending” or “cut welfair” or any other social program you like, you’d through a fit. “Cut subsidized abortions” so on and so forth. Cut your social security. cut medicaid and medicare. Doing all that would get our fiscal house in order. get taxed 75%

oh, and food stamps.

Sylvia Weddle Mills
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I’m getting pretty fed up with people who will vote on something they never read. Most of them are lawyers, they KNOW BETTER

mike twiddy
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Well, this may sound crude, but the house minority leader is as dumb as a box of rocks. An embarrassement to our electoral process. Heaven help us.

Kevin Ian Quinn
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That’s still Pelosi, right? Minority leader, majority leader, Senate Minority leader, majority leader.. all them need to go take a long walk off a short pier.

Public Patriot
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I am sorry to correct that analogy to a box of rocks, but the suck zone of the black hole somewhere between the ears on that box of rocks, long ago sucked up all the rocks. That is a resulting total void, and that is infinitely worse than dumb…:{)

Harry Witko
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My take is they are dumber than a bag of hammers.

roger howe
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I believe we need a CIVIL WAR

Rooster
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I’m in…but I live in DC and am allowed only my Red Rider BB Gun for defense!

R.Young
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I hate to say this being retired military myself, however all Politicians talk it up good about how “THEY” support the military both active duty and retired when in truth we are and always will be 2nd class citizens, for there are no more worthy of benefits than the Politician!

Brett
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I still have nine years to go myself till 62. Over the years I’ve watched all benefits crumble and the VA turn into a zoo. All I had left was E-7 retirement pay. I don’t believe some bean counter think it’s just fine to help themselves to it. Did they throw in their undeserved retirement pay?. Did they even offer to pay their own travel or perdiem? I believe they should pay for their own insurance also. Everyone else has to.

Richard M
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And drive their own damn car around DC and pay for their own damn gas. These people really think they are royalty.

steve
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It’s always the military and the veterans who are forced to make the sacrifices. The politicians and the give me’s are never required to sacrifice anything. Tell me again how they have been called up in the middle of the night to deploy to someplace they’ve never heard of to protect those you’ve never met, and all to ofton there are those who don’t return from these deployments. Where the things we take for granted , running/clean water, hot food, a dry place to sleep, or toilets are things we look forward to. Where are their sacrifices? The military and… Read more »
Kevin Ian Quinn
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You’ve obviously served, looking forward to toilets is a true thing.. I’m thankful that I have good clean RR’s where I am at now, my previous deployment was porta-john only.. If You’ve ever been smurfed by a porta john, ..first time it happened I wanted to shoot myself..

Rooster
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Always the Military forced to sacrifice…that is until they’re needed again. Then it’s all smiles and hugs!

joshuasweet
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I say we can get far more from the Politicians as they make far more money and benefits than our military with out risk to life or limb. Cut theirs first and foremost, then and only then if the projected amount is not reached make it the military that pays.

Richard M
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The military has already done enough to PAY!!!!! They want to save 6 billion? Let’s see, cut foreign aid and you could save 10x that IN ONE DAMN YEAR.

joshuasweet
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so true just in the shipments to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt of equipment and funds, then all the other Brotherhood affiliates in the Middle East.

Bobbi Martin
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AMEN!!!!! Seems to me I read that the last money sent directly to the Muslim Brotherhood was about 6 million but it COULD have been Billion and that was just a couple of month ago

joshuasweet
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that depends on if you count the weapons systems the tanks, jets and support systems and the deal for two German submarines all funded by We the People.

exodus2012
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Paul Ryan is losing it

look at what he’s done this year

pro gay adoption
pushing hard for amnesty
pandering to ‘special demographics’
and now steering America toward 25 TRILLION IN DEBT!!!!!!!!!!!!

and not only that, we now find that military pensions are to be cut to pay for spending INCREASES????????

WHERE DOES THIS GUY GET OFF??????? !!!!!!!!!

does anybody think he would have acted differently, wrt amnesty, if the R/R ticket had won, Nov 2012?

Bobbi Martin
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NO, Idiots come on both sides of the line and if you ARE an idiot, you STAY an idiot. He has PROVEN this year, that he is DEFINITELY and IDIOT.

jpnjlspap
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As a Vietnam Vet, the Veterans getting the short end of the stick in not new. The Government has, always, cut Veterans in every way they can. The VA Hospitals are critically understaffed by medical personnel but over burdened with non-essential employees. VA and Military Hospitals are the First to have funding cut and the last to have it restored…yet when problems arise at these facilities the Congress and Senate sacrifice the Doctor in charge, of the under funded facility, rather than admit they are responsible for the problem. The same will continue as long as the country continues to… Read more »
Richard M
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It’s time to physically throw these sons of bitches out. These prima donna bastards serve 1 term and get full retirement bennies. Someone who serves in the Armed Forces gets squat in comparison. These SoBs have really set themselves up as royalty. The time is coming when this country is going to fall into anarchy because of what these pos are doing to the People of this Country. My blood pressure has gone up 50 points since reading this. I will never vote, support or do anything for the camp of Paul Ryan again. He is a traitorous bastard and… Read more »
Bobbi Martin
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I agree with you totally , but, Paul Ryan is from Wisconsin not Kentucky. THANK GOD!!! We have our share and MORE of politicians who SUCK. Somehow he needs to SEE these posts. Everyone needs to send them directly , and if I can, I will find his email and post it.

dan
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I agree with you 100%, Richard. Paul Ryan is from Wisconsin, not Kentucky. Thanks for your service to America.

Bobbi Martin
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oops sorry I didn’t see this one before I posted.

David Blakeman
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BOHICA! Bend Over Here It Comes Again. Paul Ryan, you have screwed the pooch this time. You can forget about ever getting my support for anything. As a Viet Nam Veteran, I am tired of being screwed by my so called Government, you don’t govern anything, you just screw the people who elected you, and the people who volunteered to protect you, All for your fat cat buddies that bought the office for you so that you can fill their offshore accounts. A politician tells the truth only two times in their careers, First “Elect me”, Second “Reelect me”. The… Read more »
mercurydeb
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As a Wisconsinite I am ashamed that Paul Ryan is from this great state. I will never vote for him for anything, not even dog catcher!! Thank you for your service to this nation, you will always be a hero in my eyes, and covered in glory for your service! May God bless and keep you always!

edinflorida
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I see the Republicans are now about as transparent as the Obama Administration. Hiding secrets in a new law? I think we have a rhino in the making.

4MeNoRinos
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Cut all of congress’s Benefits, they sure do not fight for our Freedom in any way shape nor form… I stand with our Veterans and Military . Am sick of them being cut, while Illegals get a free ride etc. Welfare is pumped up to the max.

SteveH
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And the hits just keep on coming …. Shame on these armchair warriors.. who call the shots from the comfort of the states while our Servicemembers put themselves in harms way on foreign soil !! Why not reduce the Federal government workforce by 75%… the end game would be the same. Talk about driftwood…..

mercurydeb
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I strongly agree, and I believe we should have strict term limits, and if they want to serve in Congress or the House they should do so without PAY!! It is a privilege to serve this nation. I don’t believe they should get continued money from us as they do, not even the president. Those who serve in congress should do so at the pleasure of the voter, and should only receive a per diem!!

skip
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Reoccuring post : 2014 elections coming…show what this country really believes in…VOTE THE BASTARDS OUT!

Scott Snoopy
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once again Congress proves that Vets and GIs only count for photo-ops

mercurydeb
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Well, WE know the difference, as will our children and grandchildren! May God bless you all! Thanks so much for your sacrifice and service!!

Robert Duffield
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Time to clean out Washington !

mercurydeb
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Absolutely!! Maybe we need to adopt Hitler’s way of getting rid of his enemies, a bullet to the head! (no, not really, but it does sound good sometimes!) sorry all!!

SnoMad
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Seeing that THEY don’t care. Time to clear the house Start shootin’ the lousy bastards. One by one…MAYBE the remaining ones will get it…Mphmmm.. If not shoot ’em all.

mercurydeb
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I feel we need to get rid of all those in Congress NOW!! Just vote them out!! I will NOT vote for anyone who is currently serving in Congress, or of course, president. They can all go find someone else to sucker into voting for them.

thegreatamerican
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I wouldn’t mind the 1% so much if the federal pensions as a whole were affected. The fact is my retirement check is a fraction of what most federal pensions are and they likely didn’t have to roll a sleeping bag out on top of an M1 tank in the snow or rain or went days without any sleep.
Why cut my pension and promise billions of dollars to other countries? Wtf is that about?
How about cutting welfare a few bucks? Let’s put a few less obama-phones out there too.

mercurydeb
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As a person who has never served their country, I do apologize to all our wonderful VETERANS that their earned percentage and commissary have been cut off by the liberals and our obscene president. You will never lose your dignity in my sight, nor lose my ability to vote for congressmen that will vote your earned benefits back. Thank you for your service to our country, and to my husband as well, for his four years in service too our country! May God bless you all!!

Michael E Jones
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Too many in private sector think military gets free food, free housing, free eye glasses, free dental, free meals,and a few other things….. so DO NOT PERCEIVE this bill’s impact. I am retired Navy and still hear this!

mercurydeb
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All the males in my family served in WWI and WWII, my brother who could have fought in Viet Nam was never called, but twenty years later as an Army Reservist was in country for BOTH gulf wars, and his son in Afghanistan. I am afraid to hear what my brother would say, yet he is PROUD of his service and has told me he would serve again if he was asked to. When he was discharged after 20 years he had physical issues and PTSD. Armed Services members have earned their retirements, their housing, their VA medical care, &… Read more »
Michael E Jones
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The only thing I can say, All in your family (males and females) have served, you and your families support to the active member is never taken lightly. May God bless you and your entire family!

javanaut
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“Pass it to see what’s in it” is only acceptable for a stool sample.

Gary Moeller
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Before Congress cuts military retirements which are EARNED, let’s cut ALL foreign aid. Billions are leaving this country for no good reason and with no results. Fighters are GIVEN to people who hate us. Isn’t it about time we stop this foolishness and start taking care of our own?

BDEklof
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While I am not in agreement about cutting all foreign aid…I believe food and medical aid to children and mother should be given, and under close supervision, I DO believe we give WAAAYYyyy too much aid in general to other countries. We MUST take care of our military families at home FIRST!

Gary Moeller
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In addition to what i said below, we were promised that the reason we got lower pay while on active duty was made up for after we retired. So we were to do at least 20 years of military service, then we would receive a paycheck for the rest of our lives. Now the government wants to renege on part of it? That is the way I feel after giving this country 25 years of my most productive time in my life.

mercurydeb
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Mr Moeller, I thank you for your service to our country. I will love and respect you for having served in uniform. I will teach my children and grandchildren to do the same. You represent all those who have gone before you in the service of our country, therefore you will always retain your dignity in my eyes. Thank you again for your years of selfless service, and I pray God will bless you always.

Harry Witko
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This will be third hit on me. First was recap Never happened, second passed over for major because I only hade 6 months left until retirement and you only need six months, honorable service in the grade to retire.. Now this. The amount of funds collected wont even pay the interest on their current spending bill. How much time did Ryan and Murray spend in a combat zone? NONE. I SPENT TWO YEARS IN VN away from my family now these political elite want to cut our retirement pay. They are nincompoops unworthy of the office they hold/

mercurydeb
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Harry Witko Sir, please know that I will vote only for those running for office who WILL RETURN your retirement and other earned “benefits”. Also know that I admire you, respect and honor you for your service to our country!! I will also teach my children and grandchildren to honor you and be thankful for your service. You will never lose your dignity in my eyes, nor will Col. West !!

Rhett O Millsaps
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Allen, first, thank you for your service, I know you joined because I was in the last draft in 1972, I want to thank all my brothers and sisters who will stand up for our children and their children. Today, we have lost our nation to people who have no idea what they are doing to the soul of America. They will use anything or anyone to retain their power and run over you if you do not heed their bidding. Today, it takes a special kind of person to serve their country and I am afraid that we are… Read more »
mercurydeb
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Mr. Millsaps, you have great dignity in my eyes, I will give all of those who served our country in uniform my utmost thanks and wish you all God’s blessings. I love all those in uniform or who served in uniform. You will live in glory in many eyes for the sacrifices you have made!! I will vote out all who voted to rescind your retirement and only vote for those who will return it to you!

Rhett O Millsaps
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Thank you so much Deb, I appreciate your comment, but want you to know that I served at the pleasure of the President, in the last military draft. I did not run off to Canada, and I must say I did not agree with the Vietnam war, but I would never protest against my brothers and sisters in arms.. I truly am blessed to still be here, and I deeply appreciate you taking the time to post this. May God bless you and your family and to all of you Merry Christmas and let’s pray for a great New Year,… Read more »
Wheeler
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I am one of 9 members in my family who have served our great Republic, in the Marine Corps, Army, Coast Guard, and the Army Air Corps then Air Force from 1916 until today. My maternal Grandfather served in the Army in WWI. My Dad in the Marine Corps until he was badly wounded in the Pacific. Upon healing he was not allowed to return to the Marine Corps on active duty so he joined the Army Air Corps and after the war was over and the 1947 split broke the Air Force away from the Army, he stayed in… Read more »
mercurydeb
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Thank you Mr. Wheeler for your service to this country and to all of your family for their great sacrifices! We do indeed respect you and give you honor as a man of valor and glory!! You are right to be proud of your family’s record of service and sacrifice for all of us left here at home. I greatly respect you, and if I had been near when you separated after Viet Nam I would have been proud to give you the honor you so richly deserve. I too understand service to our country, as all male members of… Read more »
Sunshine Kid
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I remember when there was honor to belong to the greatest military on earth. I remember also the disgust I had for some of the policies that were cropping up in the 1990s, when I retired. Now, talking to some active duty military members at a local service organization in which I am a life member, I hear stories that curl my toes and would never have been tolerated in the 1960s, when I first joined up, but are common events today. Even those active today report the loss of honor in the short time they have been in service,… Read more »
John Andrews
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They are losers in life.Why don’t they donate money they receive in giving speeches at all functions. Since they receive a fat salary,plus a heavy benefits while employed by the American People. All money they earn should go back to the government,since its considered Double Dipping. That would off set Veterans Cuts.

mercurydeb
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All government employees get fat retirement checks, and ALL yes ALL men and women who served in Congress (Senate & House) get the same salary every year after they are done serving. Imagine that! One term in the House and rich for life. That’s why all the lazy good for nothings are there, and to line their pockets with the payback from special interest groups. I will never again vote for more than once for anyone!

Conservative NOT Racist
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Conservative NOT Racist

What amazes me the most is that a total RINO like Graham actually is working to stop this. Oh, wait. That’s right. Next year is an ELECTION year. He must appear to be an actual conservative for a little while. Note that I said APPEAR to be a conservative.

Thank you to all those elected members of our Congress who have chosen, once again, to screw the military. I hope you all get what you deserve, and no, it is NOT another term.

KellyKAFIR
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Not surprised that Patty (dumbest senator in DC) Murray supported this. She sucks and does NOT represent most of Washingtonians… but I am disgusted by Ryan… Well, as a retired vet all I can say is BOHICA!!! So glad the vets are getting cuts but welfare queens aren’t!

Denise
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This is how low America has sunk. Pelosi is anything but a class act. This classless hag is acting like her tasteless remark, “embrace the suck,” was the height of witt. Sickening!

Roberta Welch
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they are doing this so we will no longer have any military one more way to take America down we need to get rid of all of them before we no longer have any fight in us

anonymous
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If Slumkulski is as pro military as she says she is, she will vote against the budget

Casey
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Allen, why isn’t there more of a push to repeal the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA)? There are tens of thousands of retirees who are losing much of their retirement to unfaithful ex-spouses. I have written each of my state’s congressmen for some action but have had no success. I’m hoping you can use your influence to help correct this injustice. Keep up the great work!

bert3rd
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I am definitely ashamed to know that ANY elected official has the mentality of “Lets pass the bill to see what is in it” attitude. I will never understand how the American people can stand by and support these officials. Those that do should just turn in their voters registration cards, fall in behind and tell the whole world ” Im just a sheep and I can’t think for myself “.

Su Pripar
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What does Nancy Pelosi say? “You have to read the bill to find out what is in the bill.” As one of the few female Vietnam Veterans, I am enraged about the budget bill the House passed on the backs of the military to include all retirees under the age of 62. The figure of 1% might appear infinitesimal but over a approximate 20-year period it is 72K for an E7–unconscionable! Enlisted troops are the backbone of the military and take a more than proportional risk of their lives. We have a Congress that does not include enough citizen soldiers… Read more »
Betty D
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Wake up Sweetheart its nothing to do with Red or Blue has to do with Moral’s
most Pol’s have none.
Veitnam Vet also.

pmc
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I am sick of the Dems bullying the Right to go along with everything they want to do. And, now is no different with this Bill! Is their cry, “The Right has no plan!” (lie) effecting the Right so much that they feel they have to cave….again? I’m tired of hearing how we “have to work together”. There IS no “together” in spite of this Bill! Its once again having the Right make the effort while the Left takes one more pawn. Harry has at least 30+ Bills from the House that he has tabled! So who’s not working together?!
Sally
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Our military people need to come home RIGHT NOW!!! ALL OF THEM!!! Our business is here! We have some CLEANING that needs to be done and we NEED SOMEONE to TAKE OUT the TRASH!!!!! The WIMPS in D.C. are not going to do anything to help us and they are allowing an America/American hating, EVIL, IMMORAL, MURDERING, RACIST, Muslim/Islamic MANIAC to run OUR COUNTRY!!! Military leaders, PLEASE!!! Do not allow yourselves and our troops to be used, abused, murdered, and then SPIT UPON this way!!! The person/thing in OUR White House is NOT EVEN AN AMERICAN!!! American soldiers DO NOT… Read more »
Aaron
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Lt Col (Ret) Allen West, please move to Ft Walton Beach, FL and run against Jeff Miller for congress.

Betty D
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What about a 25 year old E-4 that has lost a few Limbs.And goes out on Disability after 3 years service how much does he lose over the average Lifespan say 78 years ?

Jim McCollem
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We all have to make sacrifices to bring down our budget deficit. We need to spread out the pain a little with cutting the oil subsidies to the wildly profitable oil companies. Increase fines drastically on companies that received bailout money from tax payers and are still doing business as usual at the expense of the taxpayer ie: GM, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, HSBC, JP Morgan just to mention a few. We as Americans are always pointing fingers at each other rather than working together to make it all work As military people know, we live together or we… Read more »