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  •  if you said "servicepeople" and veterans (6+ / 0-)

    this would be clearer.

    I happen to think "the military"  gets benefits far beyond what we need to defend our country.

    The folks who do the work... not so much.

    It's not a fake orgasm; it's a real yawn.

    by sayitaintso on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 03:30:25 PM PST

    •  Servicepeople and veterans do not pay into the (0+ / 0-)

      system.  They just collect when they hit the 20 year mark.  
      I don't ever remember paying into any sort of retirement account when I was on active duty, yet I was told that if I stuck it out (I didn't) I would be entitled to PX priveledges, on-base gasoline, medical, dental and eyecare along with my retirement pay, which would be 1/2 my highest pay grade.  My two uncles, both 30 year lifers, enjoyed their benefits until their deaths.  Not a bad return for two guys, one retiring at 47, the other 48, who contibuted nothing, monetary, except putting their asses on the line for our country (both served Korea and Vietnam).

      "With all due respect, that's a bunch of malarky". - V.P. Joe Biden

      by Taxmancometh on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 07:01:23 PM PST

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