The ultimate hazard here, is that cutting bennies and pay will hurt recruitment and neccesitate conscription, the next time we need to fill the ranks.
Cutting pay and bennies, now, would send a big knife in the backs of the people that sacrificed for YOU.
My best friend's father served in the US military. He was an immigrant from Czechoslovakia. He was captured by the Nazis when he was 13 and sent to a concentration camp. He managed to escape from the concentration camp and came across General Patton's troop. He fought with the US and General Patton brought him back to the US and fought for him to become a US citizen for serving our country (I saw the newspaper article, so I have seen proof). He found a job working for Thorn Apple Valley in Michigan for 40 years. During his last year, the company laid him off and denied him his retirement benefits. He retained a lawyer but was unable to win his retirement benefits.
In a direct answer to your question, yes. There are former military people working for companies that have been screwed over and they risked their lives protecting me.
Scientific fact: If you took all of the veins from your body and laid them end to end, you would die.
Of all the things we should NOT cut, it is military benefits. These brave men and women risk their lives in service of their country, regardless if we agree with the wars, and the reasons for them.A new report by a liberal-leaning think tank recommends a dramatic overhaul of military pay, retirement and health care benefits as part of a $1 trillion cut in defense spending over 10 years.
The Center for American Progress calls for capping pay raises, eliminating military health benefits for many retirees who are covered by an employer-provided plan, and reducing the value of military retired pay as well as making retirees wait until age 60 to start receiving it.
Army Times Mobile - Think tank recommends big benefits cuts
This is deplorable, despicable, and deserves much condemnation and ire.
In addendum to this, I must add that I am without a doubt in favor of our military being provided benefits for life.
Not to mention, each veteran that has served should qualify for an acre of the following property, free of charge, and to do with as they so please;
Federally Owned Land
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But to say that government involvement in healthcare cannot make costs down is an oversimplification of the issue and ignores ways government intervention can reduce costs.
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