I am a retired Air force Chief Master-Sergeant with 30 years active duty and 26 years retired service. I have been following politicians and the military since 1960 and I say that every politician, Republican and Democrat has used military members and veterans as political footballs with one and only one exception, Rep L. Mendell Rivers of south Carolina. The two best presidents for taking care of the military were Nixon and Reagan although candidate Reagan did use us as a political football. Remember Les Aspin and William Proxmire? Two Democrat politicians from Wisconsin that made a career of shafting military members.