After 26 years of service, I retired from the military in 2003. During my time in uniform, my assignments took me to Normandy for the 40th anniversary of D-Day, road building in Central America, the Army War College, peacekeeping in Bosnia, and many other places across our great country and around the world.

Not a day goes by when I’m not reminded of how good we Americans have it, and how much we take for granted, like our quality of life and individual liberties.

Thus, I find it ironic that our POTUS — while trying to privatize veterans’ health care and threatening North Korea with nuclear war — recently tweeted, “Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let that happen.”

I’m astounded at his arrogance and impudence to use support for our military as an attack line against Democrats during the government shutdown, and I, for one, will not be lectured about the needs of our men and women in uniform by a five-deferment draft dodger.

Steve Thiese, Salt Lake City