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In response to the letter from retired Navy Cmdr. Marty Maskiewicz (“Personal Sacrifice?” Jan. 14): I think the commander forgot about the difference in pay during the times of these retirements. I retired in 1972 after 26 years of active duty as a command sergeant major. My pay was small compared with today’s CSM E9. Way back when, I made $38 a month to start out. When I retired, the pay was not so good, so my retirement pay was small compared with today.

Right now a corporal E4 makes more than I did as a CSM E9. I think this is why retired Lt. Col. Leonard A. LaForgia (“Military Retirees Must Share in Fiscal Sacrifice,” Jan. 8 letters) stated that a reduction in the cost-of-living adjustment should come from those military retirees under age 62. To settle matters, why should the 1 percent COLA reduction be taken from any military retiree?

Some of us gave the best years of our lives to our country (me, from age 17 to age 44 — my youth). I fought in two wars during that time. It takes a lot out of you, especially if you have been wounded a couple of times. I crashed in choppers twice.

I think we all deserve these raises in pay.

THOMAS H. WALMAN
Command Sergeant Major,
U.S. Army (retired)
Crafton Heights


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