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Yes, it is time for Americans to sacrifice but the burden is not being shared across the board under this proposal! Many programs favored by this administration are not being asked to pay more like we are! Why not? Politics! Voters are not being asked to sacrifice like you are as a military member or their family! A big Washington DC pat on the back but when the crunch time comes they forget all about what we did and why!
I received an email yesterday from VADM Norb Ryan, USN (Ret) who is the President of MOAA (Military Officers Association of America). Ryan cited several problems with current budget proposals that will affect you! Read what he said,
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The Administration plan envisions:
• Establishing an annual enrollment fee for TRICARE For Life
• Another (unspecified) retail pharmacy copay hike
• Establishing a BRAC-style commission to recommend "modernizing" the military retirement system
Most upsetting, the stated intent of the proposals is to "align government programs with those in the private sector" and address the "measurable disparity between the fees most retired private sector workers pay...and what retired military personnel pay."
Those words show a shocking insensitivity to the extraordinary demands and sacrifices imposed on career servicemembers and families….” Bold added by MilitaryAvenue
Admiral Ryan goes on to say how we must take action and not sit on the sidelines while this process moves ahead! It is not a football game, it is our future. Military personnel are often reluctant to get involved, but now is the time for action! Write or call your congressperson or senators or all three! Tell them how you feel about these budget proposals, what they will do to your plans, if they will affect your decision to continue serving on active duty or how they will change your medical care! We are too easily forgotten! Here is an easy to use link to send your message: Protect Military Benefits
Finally, join a military association to act as your voice in DC! There are some great ones such as MOAA and the NCOA (Non Commissioned Officer Association! Find one you like, join today and let your voice be heard!
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