December 6, 2012

When reading The Post’s recommendation to reduce veterans benefits again, I was reminded of this concluding refrain from Rudyard Kipling’s poem “Tommy”:

For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”

But it’s “Saviour of ’ is country” when the guns begin to shoot;

An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;

An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy sees!

John Marcello, Lansdowne

The writer is a retired U.S. Army major general.