Re "Pension cuts irk younger veterans" (Page A1, Dec. 31): There is a lot of waste in the military, so I agree that reform is needed, but cutting money to working-age veterans is wrong. The majority of non-military people must think it is a cake walk to do 20 years in military service. What they don't realize is that a young life is given over, along with the freedom to go wherever one wants. Uncle Sam owns the enlistee. I did a combination of active and reserve duty for 21 years. I remember some very hard times on active duty. I did my time in my 20s, joined the reserves and went to college. Those who choose to continue for 20 to 30 years in military service deserve that retirement. Do I regret my military service? Not on your life.
-- Liz Forsman, Sacramento