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Md. veteran retirees deserve lower taxes

Gov. Larry Hogan talks about a proposal end to state income taxes on military pensions. (Erin Cox/Baltimore Sun video)

In the editorial, “Military pensions — haves or have-nots?” (Nov. 20), The Sun states that the elimination of the taxes on military pensions would cost the state $100 million over a 5-year period. That, according to my math, means the retired military veterans pay $20 million a year to the state. That is in addition to the 20 or more years they served in the military, many in combat areas and being poorly paid.

That’s been my own experience after 23.5 years in the military service, 18 moves, eight years overseas, holidays away from the family and missed birthdays of kids and so on. Other state retirees mentioned by The Sun are no less deserving of a decent pension but have not given up what those serving in the military are asked to do. The statement that military retirees are “financially better off” then the average Maryland retiree is ludicrous. Visit the Baltimore VA Medical Center any day of the week and tell the veterans seeking medical care that they are better off financially. Be ready for some spicy language. The military retirees deserve the exemption.

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Stas Chrzanowski, Canton

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