But let's not pretend that 20 years of contracted service is the same as a handout just to justify the handout. Are people who retire from Time Warner Cable, Ford, or Merryl Lynch getting a handout from their companies when they retire? After they've fullfilled career obligation they too receive what they earned in accordance to the contracts. Are these civilian workers just like the 24 year old single Mom of four receiving food stamps? Military retirees worked for a company too. And they merely get what they earned. What 24 year old Mom of four earned a handout? What contract did she sign and what has she really earned? What she earned was failure because of the bad decisions she made....but she has the mercy of socialist programs to alleviate her reponsibility.