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RECENT CHANGES TO THE MILITARY RETIREMENT SYSTEM

 STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD BY 
ROBERT E. WALLACE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES
WASHINGTON OFFICE 

BEFORE THE
SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE

WITH RESPECT TO 
RECENT CHANGES TO THE MILITARY RETIREMENT SYSTEM  

WASHINGTON, DC                                                                                   JANUARY 28, 2014

Chairman Levin, Ranking Member Inhofe, and Members of this Committee: 

On behalf of nearly 2 million members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and our Auxiliaries, thank you for the opportunity to present our views regarding recent changes to the Military Retirement System. 

The VFW is against any changes to the current military retirement system, to include the backroom decision to penalize working-age military retirees with reduced COLAs.  The penalty violates the intent of President Obama’s promise that all retirees and those currently serving would be grandfathered under the existing system, and the penalty undercuts the mission of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. 

It is not the VFW’s place to suggest where the government could save money, but penalizing military retirees for serving too well and for too long is not a solution.  It sends a clear signal to the troops and their families that the budget is more important than the people who execute the mission.

A secure America requires a strong military, and whether someone serves for four years or 40, changing military pay and benefits could jeopardize the integrity and viability of the All-Volunteer Force, which is a cost this nation cannot afford. 

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