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Military being mistreated by president, Congress

Published: December 29, 2013

The president and Congress are preparing to cut military retirement pay to include medical retirement pay, which includes amputees. I searched my mind and dictionary for the right words to express my feelings regarding this attack on our military, but was unsuccessful. I had to resort to the words of John Stuart Mill (1803-1873): “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing is worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of men better than himself.”

Lt. Col. William R. Melton, USMC (Ret.), Oklahoma City