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To: LindyBill who wrote (473700)2/24/2012 9:54:31 AM
From: unclewest
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Subject: VFW says pay and benefits changes will end all-volunteer military







JOIN THE FIGHT!

VFW says pay and benefits changes will end all-volunteer military

WASHINGTON (February 23, 2012)—The national commander of America’s largest and oldest major combat veterans’ organization is urging the entire military and veterans’ community to “Join the Fight” to stop the Defense Department from penny-pinching service members to the point of dismantling the all-volunteer force.

“There is no military personnel issue more sacrosanct than pay and benefits,” said Richard L. DeNoyer, who leads the 2 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and its Auxiliaries. “Any proposal that negatively impacts any Quality of Life program must be defeated, and that’s why the VFW is asking everyone to join the fight and send a united voice to Congress.”

The DOD budget unveiled February 13 recommends 1.7 percent military pay raises for 2013 and 2014, followed by a scant 0.5 percent increase in 2015, and 1 percent in 2016. Also announced were plans to almost quadruple Tricare Prime enrollment fees for some working age military retirees, impose Tricare for Life enrollment fees on those older than 65, and introduce enrollment fees and increased deductibles on Tricare Standard and Extra users. Included in DOD’s healthcare revenue plan are increased pharmaceutical copayments for retirees as well as military dependents.

DOD also recommends reducing the size of the active force by more than 100,000 troops over the next five years—mostly soldiers and Marines—through attrition, a reduction in force, mandatory retirements and high year of tenure separations, among others. In addition, DOD gave the White House the go-ahead to create a commission to examine overhauling the current military retirement system in a manner that would benefit the government more through savings than reward someone who first has to volunteer 20 or more years of their youth just to qualify.

Ideas already floated include older programs such as High-3 Pay and the reduced retirement plan (Redux), as well as new ones that would delay the receipt of retirement pay till age 60 (similar to current National Guard and Reserve programs), or be contributory, 401(k)-type programs (similar to corporate America). Newly authorized are 15 year retirements, which accrue at the normal rate of 2.5 percent of base pay annually, minus a 1-percent penalty for every year below 20.

“Those currently serving in uniform or already retired are grandfathered under the existing system,” said DeNoyer, a retired Marine and Vietnam combat veteran from Middleton, Mass. “Our concern is for tomorrow’s recruits, the young 18-year-old enlistees and new 22-year-old officers who will be fighting tomorrow’s wars with the same force challenges as today—high operations tempos, too little dwell time, and not enough troops to meet worldwide threats and commitments.”

The VFW national commander said 10 years of war has produced a battle-hardened force that’s extremely proud of their accomplishments but 100 percent aware of the general public’s noninvolvement.

“They and their families worry about getting paid on time,” he said. “They worry about what will happen if the car breaks down or if a loved one should get hurt at home or during training exercises or real-world deployments. Most of all, especially with this defense budget submission, they worry about whether the folks who give all the orders really care about the troops who do all the fighting and sacrificing.”

DeNoyer wants America’s 22 million veterans, 2 million service members and all their families to “Join the Fight” to make their voices heard loud and clear to the lawmakers who have the power to override these negative Quality of Life proposals.

“A secure America needs a strong military,” he said, “and whether one serves honorably for four years or 40, messing with military pay and benefits is a clear signal to the troops and their families that the budget is more important than people. That is going to seriously hurt recruiting and retention, and potentially end the all-volunteer force, because nobody wants to work for an ungrateful employer in a vocation as inherently dangerous as ours.”

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To: unclewest who wrote (473703)2/24/2012 10:06:26 AM
From: DMaA
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The DOD proposes but Congress has to do it right? Can we trust the Republican House to quash it?

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To: LindyBill who wrote (473694)2/24/2012 10:19:24 AM
From: Ish
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They don't live by the Golden Rule.

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To: LindyBill who wrote (473700)2/24/2012 10:36:28 AM
From: D. Long
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I can promise you this, you have not heard the last of this issue. Not by a long shot.

I'd say not. If this ruling isn't overturned on appeal, I'll eat my hat.

Having grown up in PA and having heard many horror stories, criminal and civil, I have to say that the judges in my home state are uncommonly lousy.

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To: D. Long who wrote (473706)2/24/2012 10:42:37 AM
From: sm1th
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Having grown up in PA and having heard many horror stories, criminal and civil, I have to say that the judges in my home state are uncommonly lousy.

I haven't lived in PA for a long time, but it seems like a good argument against elected judges. I remember a case many years ago where a judge running for re-election listed himself as Judge XXX on the ballot. The opponent sued to block him from including the title on the ballot. It came up in his court, and not only did he not recuse himself, he ruled in his own favor. And he won relection.

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From: simplicity2/24/2012 10:52:25 AM
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To: FUBHO who wrote (473648)2/24/2012 10:59:53 AM
From: rich evans
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They probably took these people as a bargaining chip to trade them for continuing of our aid.
Rich

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To: FUBHO who wrote (473605)2/24/2012 11:05:10 AM
From: longnshort
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Krauthammer Mocks Obama’s Algae Energy Plan

"I was impressed by the President's analysis of this situation, where we have no control over the global price of oil," Charles Krauthammer said. "We're dependent on oil from unfriendlies. And he says, as we heard, drilling for oil to relieve our dependency is not a solution, it's not a plan. He said we have to go to clean energy. He talks about something really revolutionary today. Algae. A $14 million grant for the development of algae... I think this shows the vision, the hope and change he promised in 2008."

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From: Paul Smith2/24/2012 11:16:25 AM
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Obama's Worst Nightmare --

Andrew Kaczynski
must be Barack Obama’s worst nightmare. While he and Nancy Pelosi try to find scapegoats for rapidly-rising gas prices, the BuzzFeed researcher is making Obama eat his own words … from 2008. When Obama ran for President, he attacked George Bush and John McCain for increased fuel costs and promised an end to reliance on foreign oil in order to bring prices back down.

What gets Obama exercised in this ad? Gas prices have reached — horrors — $3.50 a gallon:

See link for video =

hotair.com

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To: KLP who wrote (473646)2/24/2012 11:19:22 AM
From: majaman1978
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What is driving the price up so high so fast? I'm with unclewest....there must be some reason we aren't being told.....

Pretty easy to figure out.

Hedge funds and the like play off this "news" in order to drive prices higher. No problems with supply, nor will there be.

They were doing it with the market last year with Europe's mess with countless headlines proclaiming another 2008 calamity causing wild swings.... now they've moved back into commodities with oil leading the way.

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