Letter: Military retirement

December 17, 2013 

The federal budget deal penalizes current and future military members with more than 20 years of service. A 1 percent annual reduction to uniformed service retired pay cost of living adjustment (COLA) could have disastrous unintended consequences.

For those who retire at the 20-year point in their career, it will result in reducing retired pay by nearly 20 percent between the age at retirement and 62. A 20 percent reduction in retired pay and survivor benefit values is a substantial cut in military benefits and does not represent good faith to our men and women in uniform.

About 1 percent of the nation's population is currently serving, but they bear 100 percent of the responsibility for our national security requirements. Retirement benefits have been earned through 20 or more years of arduous military service and sacrifice.

GEORGE STOTZ, Pasco

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