United States Veterans were shot in the back by their own government on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, when it passed a budget deal to avoid a government shutdown which allows for a cut in retirement benefits for military retirees by $6 billion over 10 years.
“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice."
“ So help me God.”
To the millions of men and women who raised their hand and took that oath, it was a commitment to this country that they would make the ultimate sacrifice and defend this nation without question, and in return would know that the very government that they swore their allegiance too would have their back not only from that day of enlistment but until the day they departed this earth.
Although it sounds like words to a civilian, to veterans it is a bond, a trust, a code, a commitment to a calling that only those who answered it can ever understand. It was a mutual respect and understanding that both sides would always be there for the other no matter what the circumstances.
Today, our government representatives many of whom never put on a pair of combat boots and have no understanding of what such a commitment means, voted to turn their backs on those whose service they do not respect or value. Instead they sold out to politics and put their own political ambitions and careers ahead of those who served this country.
This bill will have an effect on the world’s finest military, many will not seek to make a career out of serving and who could blame them. We will lose our core experience, enlistment will suffer and retention will decline drastically. It’s hard to trust or be understanding to a government that sends billions of dollars in aid to the very countries that do not have our best interests or our national security among their priorities and gives the shaft to its own military back home.
Those who voted for this should be ashamed and will pay a political price for doing so; it is a sad day for America.
There are a few who voted against the bill for political symbolism with promises that the bill would be re-considered to re-visit the hit on veterans.
Those pledges are just more empty promises from empty politicians.