I realize that most people in the media today have no military experience, but please stop referring to every veteran as “retired.” Just as in a civilian business, retiring from the job means putting in 20 or more years, not just a few. I commend Mr. Smith for his service, I am a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran. But seven years is not “retired.” I spent 50 years at the News-Post, get Medicare and Social Security, so I consider myself “retired.” But had I worked there seven, or 10 or 15 years and left, I certainly would not be “retired.” Honor veterans, yes, but say it correctly. Another mistake is calling veterans “decorated.” If they have a major award, such as the Medal of Honor, Silver Star, Navy Cross, etc., yes, rightly so. But not every veteran is “decorated.” I have three medals and three ribbons, but I am not “decorated” as they are campaign (Vietnam) and unit medals, not individual awards (two are from the Republic of Vietnam government). Please try to check these things out, when I was in the newsroom I was often asked about military ranks or awards by younger reporters who didn’t know a corporal from a captain; they never had the experience. Thanks to all veterans whether during an official war period or not.