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Pension cuts to working-age military
retirees drawing fire

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI), by Jim Myers

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Posted By:mikkins2, 1/3/2014 6:05:08 AM

Steve Dykes, an Army veteran with 23 years in the military, said Thursday he thought his retiree benefits would be safe when he left the service in 2010. Dykes recalled a key decision he made to turn down a $30,000 bonus at the 15-year mark, keeping his full retiree benefits in place. But now, with the bipartisan budget co-written by Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and signed into law last week by President Barack Obama, the retired master sergeant wonders if he made the right call. "We are the ones getting screwed," Dykes, 49, said by telephone from his home

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Military Veterans did not enlist or re-enlist with the understanding that they would have a 1% reduction in Cost Of Living Adjustments. They also did not enlist and re-enlist with the understanding that finding a second career after 20+ years of service would be deemed too "generous" by a politician thus warrant the cut.

The fact is that Ryan had to give Murry something. The "defense community", Ryan´s name for defense industry lobbyists, looked to protect their bosses profits, and offered up Veterans as the sacrificial lambs. Please also note that entitlement programs went untouched.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: lazyman, 1/3/2014 7:07:50 AM     (No. 9677710)

Chris Christy did the same to already retired cops, firemen and state troopers in NJ. Meanwhile he finds good use for the money by increasing entitlements to illegals while still not requiring their employees to make full matching pension contributions.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Coy860, 1/3/2014 9:00:49 AM     (No. 9677838)

The Federal Government entered into a legal contract with our military, and now attempt to void that contract. When people sign up for the military, they benefits are spelled out and the troops do all they are asked and MORE to serve proudly. They fulfulled their part of the contract, and the government must fulfil theirs.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: plex, 1/3/2014 9:53:43 AM     (No. 9677908)

Well, I retired and I don´t have any COLA. Zero. Oh, it is my own money, sorry.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: snichols, 1/3/2014 12:49:00 PM     (No. 9678204)

I don´t have a cola either, but I also didn´t retire from the military. I think the disabled retiree´s should definitely get every thing they can get for the great service they provided the country.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/3/2014 1:58:16 PM     (No. 9678312)

Under the covers in the military the newly appointed higher officers (Obama supporters), there will be a point where they select who stays and who is forced out (no promotions)...that is the ultimate insult. I have seen good capable officers forced out with NO retirement just because their knee pads weren´t in place so they could beg to the appropriate leader. As Obie´s appointments start to pervade the military the other shoe will drop and we will see a military with extremely low integrity. It is Obama´s desire to destroy the military or turn it to his own devices...wait and see, it´s already started.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/3/2014 11:16:05 PM     (No. 9678892)

Unless the Republicans get the military pension provision repealed they will lose a lot of veteran´s vote and they can´t afford that if they really intend to win the next couple of election.

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