What the heck do you mean "make them earn" their benefits. My father-in-law is a retired Master Gunnery Seargent for the Marine Corp. and served for 30 years, through Vietnam, 80's conflicts, the Gulf War, etc. He provided valuable design input to the Osprey. He got up every day at 4:00 a.m. for 30 years and served his country. My husband missed almost 5 years between the age of 0-18 of father-son time while his dad was deployed. I think he has earned any benefits he is going to receive. If anything, he does not get enough benefits.