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Reader Opinion: Don't cut the military

Regarding the March 6 Reader Opinion letter about military being too expensive, I ask the following: Have you ever been in the military? Have you ever watched in times of war and feared your parent was not going to come home? Did you ever have to...

Regarding the March 6 Reader Opinion letter about military being too expensive, I ask the following: Have you ever been in the military? Have you ever watched in times of war and feared your parent was not going to come home? Did you ever have to stand on a cold pier seeing your parent and not be able to hug them after a six or nine month cruise for an extra hour so the ship could be secured to the pier. Have you ever been relocated every three-five years and have to make new friends with new teachers/schools? Were your parents ever at poverty level while in the service that they could have received food stamps, however never did? Have you and your wife ever spent six-nine months away from each other? When raising your children did your wife ever pack up and move three kids, a dog and a bird across country?

I've lived all of the above. I'm a proud military brat. Until you've lived the sacrifice a military family goes through, you have no right to speak of it being increased or decreased. My father served 21 years in the Navy and upon retirement worked a full-time job at Louisiana Pacific until April of last year. Just so you know, his pension isn't a lot of money, therefore his retirement was working a second career until 2016. My parents spent 75 percent of their marriage away from each other. Have you ever spent that much time away from your wife? What the military does, and those serving do, is far harder than any civilian company would ever ask of an employee.

There are plenty of places the government could "trim the fat" so they say, however our military and its personnel is not one of them.

Shanna Newman

Breezy Point

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