Letter: Demoralizing our troops
Our erstwhile politicians have done it again. They continually spout off about how they support our troops and take care of our veterans, but they screw us whenever they don’t think we’ll notice. They attach their backstabs to major bills, hoping we won’t notice.
Now the U.S. House has signed off on a budget bill that cuts cost-of-living allowances for military retirees younger than 62 by 1 percent. This doesn’t sound like much, until you know that the average 20-year career GI is 38 years old at the time of retirement. The cumulative effect of this bill’s reduction is nearly 20 percent by age 62. An E-7 with 20 years of service would lose about $3,700 per year of retirement pay.
Not surprisingly, the bill was “crafted” by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, both opponents of the U.S. military.
Please contact the president and Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, asking them to strike the military cuts from the budget bill before it’s approved by the Senate. This issue is but one of the many ploys by Congress that demoralize our troops and reduce career retention.