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While most military veterans are happy to receive as many benefits as possible for their service, one retired Army officer is telling the world that he is receiving way more than he gave for is service to the country.

Tom Slear retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2001, and writes in a Washington Post Opinions article that he was never in danger while in service.

"I never fired a weapon other than training, and I spent no time in a combat zone," he writes.

Slear says that an agreement in last year's national budget—which included a trim of one percent in the cost-of-living increase in military retirement pay for those under 62—distinguished disabled retirees, exempting them from the cut. While many veteran interest groups refused to abide by that distinction, Slear believes the agreement was reasonable.

"In this time of excessive expenditures for government pensions, wouldn't a very small decrease in pay to military retirees be reasonable, particularly during the period of their lives when they are fully capable of civilian employment?" He writes.

Slear does not go as far as to say he doesn't deserve benefits at all, clarifying that support positions are still very important, and the sacrifices he did make are still worth something.

He concludes, "But budget deficits are tilting America toward financial malaise. Our elected representatives will have to summon the courage to confront the costs of benefits and entitlements and make hard choices. Some 'no' votes when it comes to our service members and, in particular, military retirees will be necessary. We can afford it."

Read Slear's full opinion article here.

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