Sunday, December 29, 2013



With veterans' groups fighting against cuts in military pensions, the Associated Press (AP) is out with a story suggesting that in light of active duty military pay, healthcare, and "quality of life" benefits, retiring military personnel should be able to the weather the cuts that Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has pushed through.

According to the AP, "compensation" for active duty military "is competitive with the private sector."
They try to bolster this point by showing that "an Army private with fewer than two years of service and no dependents earns on average about $40,000 annually." Later in the paragraph they clarify that the $40,000 is not all salary--only two thirds of it is. The other third is food and housing allowance. 
So these privates are only getting about $33,000 a year to go overseas and become targets for Al Qaeda and other terrorists groups, but it is still okay to cut their pensions?
The AP suggests it is because they also have great health insurance and "quality of life" benefits. "Quality of life" benefits include payment for continued education and the ability to buy groceries at a 30 percent discount at military commissaries. The AP did not mention that Obama closed down approximately 170 commissaries in October due to the sequester. 
The men and women in our military risk their lives to keep us free. They do not go to offices in a suit and tie or a business dress. The go into harms' way for liberty's sake.
Upon retiring don't they deserve better than what Rep. Ryan and the AP want to give them?
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Anonymous said...

I'm very mad about this. I hope veterans and soldiers understand for once that they are NOT protecting any freedom" they are working for the corporation!! Sounds so stupid when you listen to people saying our soldiers are fighting for our freedom. IS NOT SUCH THING. The corporation don't give a shit about our military . My brother live in misery and poberty thanks to the US military.

Dan said...

Obama is Requiring that you military personnel COMPLY with your Agreement!
You agreed to DIE for your country!
Therefore there is NO NEED for any Pension funds!
If you happen to live then we MIGHT be nice to you and let you live on the street by accepting handouts!
We The Government need these funds to negotiate SECRET Treaties in which other Americans would have to lose there jobs for We Support employment for the World!

Peepster said...

As a 23 year military veteran, and one who is impacted by this issue directly, I can say that I have no problem taking a cut to save our nation, but what I do not understand is why no one else to include the welfare, food stamp, medicare, social security, illegal alien education and welfare programs, federal workers, and all the other beneficiaries of Uncle Sugar's empty pockets are not taking a similar cut. Why has it been the military that has been the only group that has been targeted by the Washington bureaucrats (let's not forget the sequester which cut the military twice as much as any of the other government agencies) for the extremely deep cuts when, we only constitute a drop in the bucket compared to the other entitlement recipients. That is what pisses me off as as a veteran who continues to serve.

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