Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Opposes Cuts to Military Retirement Benefits

October 2011

The Administration has recently unveiled a plan that would cut $27 billion in military health and retirement benefits. The proposed cuts are part of a larger plan to cut the deficit by $3 trillion over the next decade.

Under the plan, Tricare for Life participants would be required to pay a $200 annual enrollment fee, which would increase over time. It also calls for increases in prescription drug expenses, and establishes a commission to study modernizing the military retirement system. One of the goals of the proposal is to bring military retirement plans in line with those of civilian employees, which is opposed by the JWV.

Military members and their families make extraordinary sacrifices that are unique to the armed services. Their retirement benefits are well-deserved, and are critical for maintaining an effective force. The Jewish War Veterans of the USA strongly opposes this plan, and we urge the Administration to uphold the commitments America has made to its veterans.


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