My organization has no problem with a nonbinding referendum on the new school property tax reduction for veterans ["Get voter input on vets benefit," Editorial, March 26].

However, we hope that voters take the following into consideration: Veterans, and especially disabled veterans, are a small and shrinking percentage of the population. Therefore, although the costs in the early years may be significant, the cost over time will decrease.

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The largest group of veterans, Vietnam veterans, like our predecessors, is fading away. Its average age is 65 or so. I hope that voters will remember that this small group of citizens is one reason that everyone is free to enjoy their homes.

John Rowan, Middle Village

Editor's note: The writer is national president of Vietnam Veterans of America.