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By Leo Shane III, Staff writer
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee wants to wait on major military compensation reform until next year, but may accept some smaller changes to pay and benefits in the current budget debate.
Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., told reporters on Thursday that military benefits are overdue for reform, but his preference would be to wait until the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission completes its work before making any significant policy changes.
“I think it needs to be a big approach; we need to look at the whole package,” McKeon said. “It’s much better to do it all at one time than to be hitting [troops] a little bit every year. After a while, it really hurts morale.”