To The Herald-Whig:
My response to military pensions, etc.
If you want the current force to stay experienced and the future force to volunteer for the desire to protect our USA, the current system has not changed in 100 years. Well, look at what the changes are doing to Social Security. If monies were not used out of it for other programs it would not be sinking. The old saying still applies, "If it isn't broke, don't fix it."
How about let's send the defense business board, the Pentagon, the private sector advisory panel to the front line for a tour or two and then have them come up with a plan.
All have the opportunity to serve and protect. The few that do, I thank them. Some don't come back to be thanked.
If you want to thank a veteran, and see what some have given so you don't have to you're welcome to come see me at the Illinois Veterans Home on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday when I do unpaid volunteer work, to give back some to those who have paid.
I found this by an anonymous author that tells it all. Definition of a veteran: A veteran is someone who, at one point in one's life, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount of up to and including my life. That is honor. And there are way too many people in this county who no longer understand it.
Richard T. Atteberry
U.S. Navy Chief, retired