There is a reason why the majority of members of the Armed Forces are choosing a conservative President. It seems that every time the democrats are in power the military pay is in jeopardy.
A recent article called “Military Benefits in Cross Hair” published by the ArmyTimes on 22 November 2010 explains the newest proposals to Soldiers.
In order to decrease the deficit those proposals include freezing military basic pay, housing and food allowances, making soldiers wait until they reach 60 years of age to collect their retirement benefits, implementing a fee for Tricare ( medical) benefits , shutting down the schools on military installation stateside, raising prices in the commissary (military grocery store) and PX , reducing funding for base support and facility maintenance, cutting troop levels, eliminating some weapons and cutting the planned number of strike fighters.
Of course even so those proposals are seen as a thread retired Air Force Col. Steve Strobridge (Director for the Military Officers Association of America )doesn’t see those changes happening right away because they seem to be affecting all areas of military life. Not to mention fourteen of eighteen commissioners have to agree on it, then the senate and then congress.
My husband is in the eighteenth year of service. As his wife I have been on board for fifteen years. Those proposals not only scare me they anger me. With inflation of prices the soldier has a hard time already to constantly match their pay to the expenses and community of the New Duty Station. He is due to retire in two years after two deployments, moving to eight duty station, two deployments, getting up in the morning at 4:30 and often not coming home until seven, being there for the country 24/7 and now he supposed to wait for his retirement and hard earned money until the country is out of the recession and can pay him? And what is the talk about discouraging family members from going to the doctor? I thought Obama proposed accessible government healthcare for everyone? I am sorry I have a hard time understanding. Does that mean people only encouraged to use Obama care in good times but not in bad times? We do not have schools here on this military Installation. Our children are bused for twenty minutes to go to different schools out in the country since the county wants to balance the number of military children throughout the district so they can serve local children as well. There is a different curriculum in each state. Sometimes my children were ahead of schedule, sometimes they are behind. Schools on military installation would help to eliminate the constant change on curriculums and encourage children to be with peers who are in the same situation as same. A lot of the military housing/ quarters are already privatized. In Maryland however it was still government run and it was a disaster to get a maintenance man or fix something simply because it wasn’t priority.
Surely there should be other ways to cut the deficit instead of taking benefits from those who give the most or are willing to give the ultimate sacrifice. One of the things also mentioned in the article was the end of the Afghan War and the War on Iraq. I guess now politicians don’t worry as much anymore about cutting our benefits while soldiers are always ready to serve in war or peace time.