Story’s retired veteran is not typical

01/01/2014 7:10 AM

12/31/2013 4:01 PM

Re "Pension cuts irk younger veterans" (Page A1, Dec. 31): This article uses an example that is not a typical retiree profile. It would have been better to use a more typical enlisted 20-year retiree. This example would show that about 30 percent of this individual's take-home pay is in the form of a housing allowance and special pays. For example, using basic pay and the housing allowance for a married E-7, such as an Air Force master sergeant, stationed in the Sacramento area, his advertised 50 percent retirement is closer to 34 percent of his take-home pay. Using a colonel as an example is disingenuous and leads the average American with no experience with the military to ask what is the big deal with lowering a 2 percent or 3 percent COLA by 1 percent.

-- Ralph B. Novak, Lincoln

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