To all Omaha, Nebraska and surrounding area veterans, please be advised Rep. Lee Terry will be addressing VFW Post 2503 on January 2, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., in order to discuss his recent vote in favor of the budget deal that cuts the military retiree COLA. Your presence is welcomed in order to ask the Congressman about his vote and any plans Congress has to correct this wrong. VFW Post 2503 is located at 8904 Military Road, Omaha, NE.
J. Douglas Whitaker
Commander, VFW Post 2503
According to Congressman Lee Terry, the COLA provision was added to the bill at the behest of President Obama by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. VFW Legislative Alert: Help Us Continue to Fight to Remove COLA Penalty Background:
Congress passed a budget deal that includes a provision that penalizes working age military retirees younger than 62 by cutting a full one percent from future cost of living adjustments (COLA). VFW calculates that a Gunnery Sergeant or Sergeant First Class (E-7) with 20 years of service would lose more than $80,000 in income by age 62.
This also unfairly punishes those who have been medically retired as a result of their wounds defending our nation. This is totally unacceptable and will have a devastating impact on retirement benefits for retirees and survivors and jeopardizes the future value of military career benefits, while also adversely affecting recruitment, retention and our national security.
The VFW is now working with members in both the House and Senate to find a bipartisan solution that will replace this unacceptable provision. We are urging all of our members and advocates to contact their legislators and demand they find a solution that doesn’t balance the budget on the backs of our military retirees.
Action Needed: Call, email and schedule appointments with your legislators today. Tell them this should be the first priority when they return to Washington after the New Year, and that the solution cannot penalize veterans, military retirees, or jeopardize the future value of military career benefits. Asking those who have given the most to shoulder the burden of reducing government spending is unacceptable.
To locate your member in their DC or district office, click here: http://capwiz.com/vfw/dbq/officials/