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LETTERS & UPDATES Mature Coverage Kudos to National Guard for the outstandingly balanced discussion of National Guard sports sponsorship. ( “If Congress can’t cut $80 million for race car drivers and bass fi shing how is it ever going to make the re-ally tough cuts?” Wrong Battle on Capitol Hill I’m dumfounded that NGAUS continues its support for sponsoring professional sports. What a colossal waste of taxpayer money! Rep. Betty McCollum ( “If Congress can’t cut $80 million for race car drivers and bass fi shing how is it ever going to make the really tough cuts?” and “Why NGAUS Supports Sports Sponsor-ships,” September 2012 ) appears to understand the dire fi nancial straits our nation faces. I applaud her courage to question and even condemn frivolous spending. I found nothing to convince me otherwise in the NGAUS response in support of sponsorship. There are obviously more cost-eff ective methods of meeting recruiting quotas. As a lifetime NGAUS member, I’m concerned that the association is pick-ing the wrong battles on Capitol Hill. We should continue to focus on fi ght-ing for pay, retirement benefi ts and the right equipment. We also need to show Congress and our fellow citizens that we know the diff erence between wants and needs. Lt. Col. Eric D. Petersen Utah Army National Guard Veteran Defi nition is Humiliating In 1994, I began to receive a pension for my 25-plus years of uninterrupted service in the National Guard. Unfor-tunately, my DD form 214 includes no “active duty.” My time was all active duty for training. This means I cannot go to my local Department of Veterans Aff airs offi ce since I do not meet the federal defi ni-tion of veteran. I cannot apply for a veteran license plate for my car. It’s humiliating given my service record. I am not seeking economic benefi ts, although my hearing is bad. The VA’s medical benefi ts includes hearing-aid therapy, but I cannot access that be-cause my DD 214 shows no active duty. I hope you are able to pass leg-islation to include retired part-time soldiers into the ranks of those classi-fi ed as veterans. There are many of us out here. Retired Maj. Thomas P . Johnson Massachusetts Army National Guard and “Why NGAUS Supports Sports Sponsorships,” September 2012 ). Providing space for the viewpoints of those who disagree with the association’s positions is a mark of maturity. Let the discussions continue! Retired Col. Paul Krumhaus California Army National Guard Reaching N ATIONAL G UARD Letters Tell us how we’re doing or share your opinion on something you read in N ATIONAL G UARD in 250 words or less. 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Mature Coverage<br /> <br /> Kudos to National Guard for the outstandingly balanced discussion of National Guard sports sponsorship. ("If Congress can't cut $80 million for race car drivers and bass fishing how is it ever going to make the really tough cuts?" And "Why NGAUS<br /> <br /> Supports Sports Sponsorships," September 2012). Providing space for the viewpoints of those who disagree with the association's positions is a mark of maturity. Let the discussions continue!<br /> <br /> Retired Col. Paul Krumhaus California Army National Guard<br /> <br /> Wrong Battle on Capitol Hill<br /> <br /> I'm dumfounded that NGAUS continues its support for sponsoring professional sports. What a colossal waste of taxpayer money! Rep. Betty McCollum ("If Congress can't cut $80 million for race car drivers and bass fishing how is it ever going to make the really tough cuts?" And "Why NGAUS Supports Sports Sponsorships," September 2012) appears to understand the dire financial straits our nation faces.<br /> <br /> I applaud her courage to question and even condemn frivolous spending. I found nothing to convince me otherwise in the NGAUS response in support of sponsorship.<br /> <br /> There are obviously more cost-effective methods of meeting recruiting quotas.<br /> <br /> As a lifetime NGAUS member, I'm concerned that the association is picking the wrong battles on Capitol Hill. We should continue to focus on fighting for pay, retirement benefits and the right equipment. We also need to show Congress and our fellow citizens that we know the difference between wants and needs.<br /> <br /> Lt. Col. Eric D. Petersen Utah Army National Guard<br /> <br /> Veteran Definition is Humiliating<br /> <br /> In 1994, I began to receive a pension for my 25-plus years of uninterrupted service in the National Guard. Unfortunately, my DD form 214 includes no "active duty." My time was all active duty for training.<br /> <br /> This means I cannot go to my local Department of Veterans Affairs office since I do not meet the federal definition of veteran. I cannot apply for a veteran license plate for my car. It's humiliating given my service record.<br /> <br /> I am not seeking economic benefits, although my hearing is bad. The VA's medical benefits includes hearing-aid therapy, but I cannot access that because my DD 214 shows no active duty.<br /> <br /> I hope you are able to pass legislation to include retired part-time soldiers into the ranks of those classified as veterans. There are many of us out here.<br /> <br /> Retired Maj. Thomas P. Johnson Massachusetts Army National Guard

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