Maryland support for veterans is iffy, at best

I have observed that Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch seem to rush to be in the front row when the cameras are clicking ("New Maryland law aimed at helping veterans land jobs," April 18). Any efforts to enhance the job opportunities for returning military veterans are wonderful.

However, where have they been for two decades when Maryland military retirees were striving to achieve a fair and justified exclusion of retired military pay from state income tax as other states, some adjoining Maryland, have done? They didn't support it, especially Mr. Busch. Maybe if they demonstrated a consistent support of our country's veterans residing in Maryland, they might earn some respect from American veterans.

By the way, when did they serve in our country's armed forces? They didn't. They just don't understand, do they? Their lack of respect and support for American veterans shows, doesn't it? Should American veterans support them?

John H. Hesterly, Aberdeen

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