The Nov. 18 front-page article on the perks and pay of senior military officers, “The four-star lifestyle,” did not mention health care. While on active duty, all military personnel get essentially free health care, and that is fair enough. But upon retirement, they also get Tricare for roughly $500 per year.

That makes sense for retired enlisted men and women, and care for the severely wounded should be free, even after they retire. But how can one justify $500 per year for health care for retired colonels, generals, captains and admirals?

Then again, the military system of health care is akin to socialized medicine in some European countries. And if that’s what Congress and the public want, so be it.

George Taft, Alexandria