Military pay

Posted Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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A suggestion that military retirement pay be cut appalls me!

These are men and women who have put their lives in danger to protect our country. Many suffered physical, emotional and financial damage and loss of families.

Even more distressing is that few of the people involved in this decision have had their lives in danger defending our country.

Unashamed, they continue to raise their own salaries and retire on full pay, not half, like military personnel. Their retirement pay far surpasses the average military retirement payments.

I suggest a more effective budget cut that would immediately reduce the pay of retired members of Congress to 50 percent of the current amount. Then, reduce it by 15 percent each additional year until it reaches the level of the maximum Social Security payment.

— Myretta Bell, Bedford

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