VFW is concerned that recent proposals forwaded to the failed Joint Select committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the super committee, could harm the nation’s security and veterans.
Among other mandates, the Budget Control Act of 2011, which formed the SuperCommittee in August, called for $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over a 10-year period.
“Deficit hawks in Washington have called on Congress to cut 10 specific military and veterans quality-of-life benefits to pay for the last 10 years of war,” said Raymond C. Kelley, VFW’s director of National Legislative Service.
“VFW considers this a breach of faith with America’s war fighters and we will continue to fight against these toxic proposals.”
Here are the specific proposals that the VFW vows to fight:
1. Increase Tricare health care premiums for military retirees.
2. Increase pharmaceutical fees for troops, families and retirees.
3. Eliminate presumptive service-connected conditions for disabled and ill veterans.
4. Lock out or increase fees for VA priority group 7 and 8 veterans.
5. Reduce cost-of-living allowances.
6. Freeze militlary pay.
7. end government sibsidies to military commissaries.
8. Eliminate Department of Defence (DoD) elementary schools stateside.
9. Eliminate the 20-year military retirement plan.
10. Eliminate DoD tuition reimbursement programs for service members.
Information provided by ‘Breach of Faith’, VFW Magazine, January 2012
Sr. Vice Commander/Service Officer
DAV Ch 26 Havelock
VFW Post 7315 Havelock
DAV membership is not required for Service Officer assistance.