Under debt deal, military pay, veterans programs in play for cuts

Military pay raises, funding for veterans health care and the Post-9/11 GI Bill could be sacrificed to new fiscal realities as the result of the deal signed by President Obama on Tuesday to raise the federal debt ceiling, according to the Military Officers Association and veterans groups. The law requires the federal budget be cut $2.1 trillion over 10 years.

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Back to School, A Roundup of Changes to the Post 9/11 GI Bill

Since a revision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill was signed into law at the beginning of the year, we have made it a priority to explain the changes that could significantly impact students either attending school or about to start this fall. This week, many of those changes are being implemented, and it’s important that students understand how their benefits might be affected.

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STOP CONGRESS FROM PASSING AMERICA’S DEBT ONTO VETERANS

The 10 ways Congress is targeting military and veterans’ benefits during today’s difficult fiscal times are to:

  • Increase healthcare premiums for military retirees on TRICARE
  • Increase pharmaceutical fees for troops, families and retirees
  • Eliminate presumptive service-connected conditions for disabled and ill veterans
  • Lock out or increase fees for Department of Veterans Affairs Priority Groups 7 and 8 veterans
  • Reduce cost-of-living allowances
  • Freeze military pay
  • End government subsidies to military commissaries
  • Eliminate Department of Defense elementary schools stateside
  • Eliminate the 20-year military retirement plan
  • Eliminate DOD tuition reimbursement programs for service members

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