The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is here to tell us precisely what's going on with the budget bill everyone is up in arms about.
This issue is something you should take very seriously as a member of the military community. This is not child's play.
MOAA is RallyPoint.com’s preferred provider for legislative advocacy information, and they are closely monitoring movement of the budget bill through the legislative process.
We are jointly writing to alert you to the impact on all military members and retirees under age 62 of provisions in the two-year budget bill recently passed by the House.
Specifically, the two-year bipartisan budget deal would help ease the harmful effects of sequestration at the expense of working age military retirees and career active duty servicemembers.
The following wording outlines the facts as objectively as possible:
The two-year bipartisan budget deal passed by the House this week will help ease the harmful effects of sequestration at the expense of working age military retirees and career active duty servicemembers.
The proposal includes a provision that would reduce the annual cost-of-living adjustment by one percent until military retirees reach the age of 62. For example, an E-7 retiring this year with 20 years of service would see an average loss of over $3,700 per year by the time he or she reaches age 62. For an O-5, the average annual loss would be over $6,200 per year by age 62.
The Senate will take up the bill as early as Monday, December 16.
To date, military members have responded in force with over 93,000 messages sent to Capitol Hill voicing objection to these provisions which disproportionately impact military families and survivors.
Don’t stop now.
If you share RallyPoint’s and MOAA’s concern with this aspect of the proposed budget agreement, consider sending Senate members and the White House a MOAA-suggested message imploring them to reject this radical proposal that breaks faith with current and future military retirees, and threatens long-term readiness and retention in the uniformed services.