Background: Congress passed a spending bill to fund the federal
government for the remainder of FY 2014 -- the package contains a provision
that will repeal the COLA penalty for Chapter 61 medical retirees, as well as
thousands of Survivor Benefits Program recipients, but it does not include more
than 800,000 military retirees under age 62.
"The Omnibus Bill doesn't go far enough to protect the earned
retirement benefit of all military retirees," said VFW National Commander
Bill Thien, "and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States will
continue to work to fix this injustice."
Action Needed: Call and email your legislators today. Tell them that the
appropriations omnibus package doesn't go far enough to protect ALL retirees
from the one percent COLA reduction, and to support legislation that will
provide full and immediate repeal of the COLA penalty.