Storming the Hill 2018
Stop Reducing Pay for Medical Retirees
An unfair law places a financial burden on servicemembers unable to complete 20 years of service through no fault of their own. Meet some of the dedicated servicemembers forced into early medical retirement by Chapter 61.
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- Chapter 61 Retirees
End the deduction of service-earned retirement pay to offset VA disability compensation for those servicemembers whose service-connected, non-combat related disability retirement under Chapter 61, 10 U.S.C. precluded them from serving at least 20 years.
- Military Pay Raise
Sustain military pay increases comparable to civilian sector wages and salaries.
Read about the issues, MOAA's position and recommendation.
- End the Pay Reduction for Medical Retirees - PDF Download
Medical retirees were unable to complete their 20 years of service through no fault of their own and should have their retirement and disability pays computed the same as those who retired with 20 or more years of service
- Military Pay and Benefits Matter - PDF Download
MOAA's one-page talking paper on supporting the men and women who serve with adequate compensation and benefits.
- Eliminate the Widows Tax - PDF Download
Current federal law requires survivors of deceased military members to forfeit part or all of their Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity when they are awarded the VA's Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). This loss of any portion of the SBP annuity is known as the widows tax. For approximately 67,000 military survivors, the widows tax makes SBP the only insurance that you pay into but are legally prohibited from collecting.
- Military Beneficiaries Forced to Pay for Readiness Costs - PDF Download
Military beneficiaries recently experienced unexpected increases in TRICARE fees. These increases resulted from DoD's unilateral decision to change its fee schedules from a percent-of-cost model to flat-rate fees. These structural fee changes disregard the intention of the 2017 NDAA, which prescribed current military members, veterans, and families of both were to be grandfathered from health care cost-share increases. In addition to the noted changes below, the chart on the reverse shows how the new fees raise costs for families.