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By Robert N. Tracci
Congress must use its appropriations power to secure the border
Topic - Jeffrey Gilmartin
"Many of these retirees were promised free health care for life in return for careers of service with low pay and often arduous duty and associated sacrifices," Mr. Gilmartin explained in the letter. "The majority of them retired from the enlisted ranks with significantly less retired pay than more recent retirees who've benefited from significant (and long overdue) pay and benefit enhancements enacted since 2000. These older retirees are increasingly anxious about plans to impose a TRICARE-for-Life fee and increase TRICARE Prime premiums above and beyond the 13-percent hike and future CPI-indexed adjustments authorized for this year."
"Based on response to FRA's recent online survey, those currently serving are gravely concerned that amending retirement benefits will negatively impact recruiting, retention and overall military readiness," Mr. Gilmartin said.