Cutting Military Benefits

I’m posting this from a former ship mate of mine – we served together on board the USS Conolly way back when.  Joe became a lifer dog, of course, while I got out after four years – but that just puts him in an even better position to understand these things. 

Sorry if this offends anyone but I feel I need to post it.

Mr. President and US Senate,

I just want to say, Thank you , and You are welcome for the service of my self and my brothers in arms, who sacrificed 20+ years of our lives, enduring years of deployments out of CONUS assignments, 24+ hour days in conditions most Americans would consider not fit for an animal to work in, endless hours of waiting for the next order to get underway or move out, the letters from our families that state they miss us, don’t want to worry us, but we are not sure if we can make the rent this month or the light bill, least of all the grocery bill. Thank you.
We left our families on a moments notice to engage an enemy, right a wrong, supply disaster relief, chase an unseen enemy for months on end during the cold war, to protect embassy’s against people who hate us, but need us there to make sure the relief money keeps rolling in from the US, and keep the Sea lanes open, air space free, and our shore lines protected from those that would want to cause us harm. We did it because we love this country.
We did it for you and for our fellow Americans because we felt it was a our duty to give back to this great country for all that was given to us. All we asked for was a paycheck (and that was not much: most of us qualified for food stamps and public housing, but we were to proud to apply for it, and actually at times forbidden to apply, so as not to embarrass the US Government with the fact we were so poorly paid), and for the vision of the retirement we were promised, when we finished.
Now the comments coming from Washington are that we have to give it away because we really don’t need it, if we are of working age.
Pleased can you explain to me why you let welfare run rampant with fraud and do nothing, why you let SSDI run rampant with fraud and do nothing, why you let Medicare and Medicaid run rampant with fraud and do nothing. Why are you giving cell phones and calling plans away for nothing, public housing availability without drug testing, and the list goes on and on.  Yet when it comes to the Military who daily put, and are to this very second, place or have placed their lives on the line.  Please Sirs, let me know why, you feel it is ok to take from us, to cut back on what we were promised, because you consider it an “entitlement”, yet other entitlements are off limits.
To the citizens of this country, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the opportunity o serve and defend this great country. To the US Government thank you showing your gratitude for all that we did for you, time and time again. By stating it is my duty to give back so that others may take what they did not earn, and in a lot of cases do not want to earn.

I love this country and what it stands for, I will defend it to my death, gladly and without hesitation, all over again if asked.

God Bless America and those that have defended and those that continue to do so.

Leo P Leonard Jr. RMCS(SW) USN Retired
Richard W. Schuerch Jr. BTC USN Disabled Vet
Joseph J. LaPenna Jr. OSCS(SW) USN Retired

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14 thoughts on “Cutting Military Benefits

  1. Amazona December 20, 2013 / 2:56 pm

    I can’t imagine why anyone would be offended by this letter.

    I think the recent legislation, and the choice to reward illegal moochers rather than honor our moral obligation to those who have risked so much and given so much to defend this nation is shameful and disgusting, and I think it should be highlighted whenever and wherever possible.

    • M. Noonan December 20, 2013 / 3:04 pm

      it will, though – you know our liberals: they’ll be offended that it points out that there is massive fraud which no one stops, but now Uncle Sam wants to bust the deal on military retirement. We’re not supposed to point out fraud in government, just like we’re not supposed to point out voting fraud. That’s racist, ‘n stuff.

  2. neocon01 December 20, 2013 / 3:08 pm

    Half of us knew this was a militant marxist muslim (read HIS book) who hated our military and free enterprise. After five years of this cretin why would anything this hate filled evil grifter does surprise us?

  3. ricorun December 20, 2013 / 4:07 pm

    I just wanted to stop in and say hey, Merry Christmas! And excellent spin on blaming Obama, not the Teapartiers, for cutting military benefits. You guys have reality all figured out. Okay, not reality exactly, but what the heck, it’s that time of season.

    Speaking of that time of season, I hereby hope that the budget deal hammered out by John Paul Ryan II and Whatshername in the Senate has enough legs to actually provide the necessary certainty to allow the market to flourish. But hopefully not that much, cuz that would eliminate any possibility that the Repubs, no matter how diminished ideologically, would be able to recap the Senate.

    Okay fine, I’m done tiptoeing around the reality. The reality is that NOTHING gets done to the extent that any sort of compromise is not possible. The reality is that reality lurks not in the blacks, or the whites, but in the grays — and, more importantly, in all the other nuances in a technicolor world.

    It seems to me that the Teapartiers have matured enough to acknowledge that grays exist. And good for them in that achievement. But it also seems to me that they have a way to go, because it’s pretty obvious that there are many other dimensions (and variations within them) besides black and white.

    • neocon01 December 20, 2013 / 4:26 pm

      REEK-0
      And excellent spin on blaming Obama, not the Teapartiers,
      bary and the boyz are a political party who is in charge of 2/3 of the government.
      the “Tea Party” is an independent political movement, Do TRY to educate your self BEFORE pontificating about nothing.
      Merry CHRISTmas to you though!

    • Amazona December 21, 2013 / 1:12 pm

      I see we are back in the infinitely murky area of the nuances of that technicolor world—that sea of grays that means no decision can be made and nothing can be done because there will always be another nuance to consider.

      Yes, compromise involves give and take. This is why I get less wound up over deals cut by people I tend to respect, such as Paul Ryan, because I know that what may look one way to the public may be quite different when one learns the back-room bargaining and concessions that allow some people to save face while giving up more than they want to admit.

      But if a negotiator goes into a negotiation with an indistinct, infinitely nuanced vague and flexible idea of what he wants out of the deal, he will be a failure and those he represents will be screwed. He has to have a clear, defined and pretty inflexible goal of what he eventually wants to happen. Under the umbrella of that goal, he may have to slice and dice, shift a little here and give up a little there—but without a firm and UN-nuanced goal and agenda, he is nothing more than a tool to be manipulated by those with a clearer vision.

      A leader will not be dazzled by the technicolor world that has rico so entranced. Yeah, the details are complex and often in flux. But the core of an ideology cannot be infinitely flexible and subject to whatever shade of whatever color has bubbled to the surface in this technicolor world.

      rico has had fits over my contention that the basic political choice open to voters in the 21st Century United States is a simple one—–a federal government severely restricted as to size, scope and power, with most authority left to the States or to the People, or a federal government unrestricted regarding its size, scope and authority with limited power left at the state and local level. He gets so tangled up in the fact that once this decision has been made, there will be degrees of this or that that he simply cannot grasp the fact that it will all rest upon that first, basic, choice.

      And if you go with the first of those options, the severely restricted federal government, the subsequent choices AT THAT LEVEL are not all that complex, and the dizzying array of technicolor choices that paralyze him all fall under state and/or local authority—how big a role in the lives of the citizens should the state or county or city play, with all the various degrees of this kind of choice.

      It’s the second choice, the one with no boundaries on the scope or role of the Central Authority, that is so cluttered with so many degrees of so many options, and so many definitions of so many agendas and goals. This is where the ricos become so bumfuddled and so tangled up, and why they need to find catchphrases to try to explain and justify their confusion—phrases like technicolor world .

  4. tiredoflibbs December 20, 2013 / 5:06 pm

    “And excellent spin on blaming Obama, not the Teapartiers, for cutting military benefits.”

    Wow, if there ever was a mindless drone who regurgitates the dumbed down talking points, rico takes the cake.

    Let’s see, the cuts would have never made it out of the Senate without Democrat support and the cuts won’t go into effect without the PRESIDENT’S signature (a pResident who supports the cuts). But according to the drone, it’s the Tea Party’s fault. They want the cuts to pay for TAX CREDITS TO ILLEGAL ALIENS! I though federal law prohibited any federal money to go to illegals? But since when do DEMOCRATS obey the rule of law since they have taken control of the WHITE HOUSE and SENATE?

    Wow……. but it’s the Tea Party’s fault….. oh that’s like “unemployment has gone up because of ATM’s and kiosks”. These dumbed down drones would believe anything.

    Now that cuts have made public, there are those on the Republican side that want to fix it for existing retirees and not make the cuts apply to them, only to FUTURE retirees. And the DEMOCRATS want it to pass as is, and “fix it later”. We know how many times we have heard this from DEMOCRATS in the past.

    But, drones like rico will continue to suck down the Koolaid and regurgitate the mindless talking points that anyone who has a shred of reasoning can connect the dots and see that the DEMOCRATS continue their history of hating the military.

    Any time a CUT actually happens it is at the expense of our men and women in the armed services.

  5. dbschmidt December 21, 2013 / 2:57 am

    Everyone who joins the military of any branch basically signs a check to the US government and people of this great country that we will perform at the highest standards up to and including the cost of our lives. There is no higher honor, nor pledge that can be taken, than the one offering self-sacrifice in deference of this country. We, who have served, those in our past, present and future are not heroes with exception of those so commanded. We are Americans. We are everyone who was taught that there are some things bigger than you.

    Both Senators who crafted this bill have admitted this was a mistake and are trying to correct this issue. I do not believe it will happen but I will let it run the course. It is, to say the least—disparaging. Nevertheless, this is a great shame on America and its great warriors.

    If you disagree—please sign a check to anyone for the total price of “up to and including your life.” If you do not have the ability to complete that task—then do not comment about those that have. The way they are treating our wounded is just as bad but that is nothing new.

    Would I do it again…crappy wages, horrible conditions, feel like slave labor exploited, constant thought of loss of life while on mission as well as quite often “at home”… Damn right I would just as I did before—however; if I was enlisted again I would prefer to work under a better administration than the present one.

    God bless America and all of her souls–no matter how lost so of our sheep are.
    In particular–please keep an extra eye on our brave folks in our military serving world-wide.

  6. neocon01 December 21, 2013 / 12:54 pm

    Semper Fi db….ooh rah!!

  7. neocon01 December 21, 2013 / 2:59 pm

    No money for vets BUT….the grifters and OPM are at it again……
    Weary Obama seeks Hawaii sun’s waking touch

  8. GMB December 21, 2013 / 4:02 pm

    Some numbers for you. Mind now that these are facts and if facts are a political statement, well excuse me.

    151 rounds of golf. I remember a time when playing golf when we had soldiers fighting overseas was a bad thing.

    http://obamagolfcounter.com/

    be sure to listen to our current President speak about how “we are not going to rest”

    1709 United States Military Personnel have died in Afghanistan since the current President took office. I remember a time when the death count was updated daily buy main stream media outlets across the country. I remember a time when the “loyal opposition” blamed the man at the top for every death.

    0 The number of anti war protests that the main stream media has covered since the current President took office.

    19 days of sunny skies and sandy beaches at yet another vacation for the current president at the taxpayers expense of course. I remember a time when going to your own home for a vacation was cause for main stream media criticism.

    I am sure I can think of some more but George Walker Bush is no longer in office so who the hell cares?

  9. GMB December 21, 2013 / 10:09 pm

    Just one more number.

    169

    Anyone care to take a stab at what that number represents?

    • Amazona December 22, 2013 / 12:11 pm

      It could be the number of supermarket tabloid headlines featuring an outraged-looking Michelle Obama and huge capital letters screaming that she has finally HAD IT !!!!!!!!!! because of——-and here there are a variety of reasons. He likes men, he doesn’t like her, he likes other women, he plays too much golf, he is a jerk, etc etc.

      • GMB December 22, 2013 / 4:09 pm

        No, that’s the number of House Republicans who voted yes on the budget bill that allows the cuts to pensions for Military retirees. Couple that with 163 House democrats that voted yes, you get a truer picture of what both parties establishment think about those who have protected them.

        To blame the man with the eight layered birth certificate and senate alone doesn’t make sense. The House Republicans could have killed this deal from the get go. They did not.

        Wheeling and dealing, smoke filled rooms, compromise, devil in the details what ever you want call it. People that have serve something more than their own narrow self interest got screwed by Mr. Ryan and Mr. Boehner and the whole D.C. establishment.

        I would like to know why Ryan and Boehner are absolved of any responsibility for this.

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