I would like to respond to Pam Simmons letter regarding military personnel who have their cars registered in Illinois, but serve on active duty in states other than Illinois (“Don’t charge soldiers for vehicle stickers, Letters, July 25).

The village ordinance is clear, if you own a car, have your home of record in Riverside, then you have to buy a vehicle sticker. There have been many efforts to have senior citizens, antique car owners and now the military be exempt from buying vehicle stickers. If we exempted all these folks, the village would lose a valuable source of income.

There is some good news. Military income is exempt from Illinois state income tax. That exemption from state income tax includes active duty and members of the Reserve Forces. Illinois has over 10,000 men and women from throughout the state serving in the military. We are all grateful for their service.

John Scully

John Scully is a retired U.S. Army Reserve general, the former state chairman of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and a former village trustee.