Sunday, March 06, 2005

Lawmaker questions military value of entitlements

I normally don't talk about politics unless it has something directly to do with the military but this story has been hanging over my head since I read it. I'm just surprised that the MSM have not picked it up (but was on the Marine Corps Times website), there are some law makers on the hill that are questioning the value of military entitlements. This lawmaker, who is a Naval Reservist, says that costs for dependent and retiree support provide "next to no defense benefit".

I would like to over a counter to that statement. Other then being wrong because it would break promises giving to veterans and military retirees, how could you expect to recruit new troops who are risking their lives if you take away the advantages of joining the military? By cutting the benefits to retirees, veterans and family members, you're would be hamstringing your most valuable assets, the loyalty of the people on the ground. With a higher OP-Tempo going on, who’s going to want to stay in and deal with the pressures of being away from their family if there isn't some form of compensation? Pull the plug on benefits to ex-military members, family or the VA, there's going to be an uproar unlike anything heard yet and try recruiting during that. The military is running a business, we want the best out there, if you take away the benefits, that’s not what you’re going to get.

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