As a lifetime subscriber I actually find this very interesting.
So basically everyone with a lifetime subscription gets all the veteran rewards regardless of how long they've been subscribing for basically. Or at least thats what it looks like.
Kind of stinks because most of us had to earn the bloody things the hard way and wait...but nothing surprises me with Cryptic these days...they are constanlty moving the goal posts in this game.
The exclusive ships you only got when you bought a certain version fo the game eventually appeared in the store not long after launch.
The borg captain you got only from a pre-order LTS eventually was given to everybody that bought a LTS.
The captain table opened to everybody with a sub.
And now LTS rewards become avalible to everybody with the cash to buy a LTS.
So really nothing new here for Cryptic. if we wait long enough LTS will come with a new clause that you must buy 1 gold key every week to continue to playing the game. LOL