After winning several famous victories for the empire, many soldiers are now coming to the end of their military lives, hopeful for a dignified older age. With a strong nationalistic feeling across the land and many people having family in the empire's armies, they have much public support. How will you treat your veterans?
They are deserving of the empire's highest recognition -- and support.
No veteran should starve, but they needn't live in luxury.
Their glory was on the battlefield. They are already honored.