DoD Proposes Reductions in Force Structure, Compensation and Benefits



DoD Proposes Reductions in Force Structure, Compensation and Benefits

This week we share a number of proposals the Pentagon plans as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request. The budget request is under congressional review.


Air Force to Cut Nearly 500 Aircraft

Under the fiscal 2015 budget plan, the Air Force would cut nearly 500 planes from its inventory over the next five years in order to free up funding to train and maintain no less than 48 squadrons.

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NAUS report on Tricare and other things

Long but important info


This copied from the National Association of Uniformed Services weekly newsletter. The first quotation is an assumption that troops do as they are told regardless. True sometimes but when they are offered nothing they will not be there to complain. The General is whatever.
"Troops may complain about compensation and benefit cuts in the Defense Department's budget proposal, but they will accept them.”
 ~ Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey ~
Gen. Dempsey’s Quotation
NAUS was shocked when we heard the above statement from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Fortunately for our troops, both sides of the congressional aisle, NAUS and a united military community do not want to resolve our fiscal problems on the backs of our troops.
DoD Proposes Complete Revision of TRICARE
Just when you thought things could not get worse, the 2015 Budget rolled out and the DoD portion is a huge slap in the face to those who served and are serving. Once again DoD is attacking and proposing to drastically change TRICARE.
Once again proposals take aim at the benefits earned through career military service, in what seems all too often to be the “low hanging fruit” in Pentagon cost cutting. Military retirees and their families are the most often and most severely affected by these types of changes. The proposals also take a whack at increasing costs for families of active duty troops, which is just plain wrong.

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McIntyre to Retire at End of Congressional Term

U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre released the following statement on his decision to retire at the end of this congressional term:

“In eastern North Carolina, we have demonstrated that public service is a partnership between the people and the representative they entrust to speak on their behalf.  

“For us, this has been where the priorities of policy over politics, issues over ideology, dialogue over dollars, and cooperation over campaigning have prevailed.

“Having answered the call entrusted through this partnership, I will be retiring from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of this term.  

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Congressmen confessed to not reading budget bill that cuts veteran pay

Many lawmakers including a vast cross-section of Republican House members voted for the recent two-year budget deal without reading the bill and realizing that it slashes veteran pensions — and there’s now bipartisan desperation reaching the White House to repeal that provision with new legislation.

“[The House] moved it very quickly. It came out Tuesday, they voted Thursday and they were gone Thursday night,” retired Col. Mike Barron told The Daily Caller. Barron’s organization Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is now leading a charge on Capitol Hill to repeal the pension cuts. “Many members and their staff told us they were not given a chance to read the bill.”

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Removal of Penalty for Breaking Appointments

AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs

SUMMARY: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulations to remove an outdated regulation that stated that a veteran who misses two medical appointments without providing 24 hours' notice and a reasonable excuse is deemed to have refused VA medical care. VA removes this penalty because we believe it is incompatible with regulatory changes implemented after the regulation was promulgated, is not in line with current practice, and is inconsistent with VA's patient-centered approach to medical care.

Click here to read the complete release


Linwood Lang Award

Each year, the North Carolina State Council requests applications from which candidates are selected for the Councils's highest award.

This award is presented for outstanding, exemplary service to veterans, and the community.

The purpose of the award is to recognize those members, Associates, or individuals, who have demonstrated a sincere commitment to ideals, mission and goals of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

NOTE: Earl Reece will be unavailable until 3 January 2014. The person to reach regarding the Linwood Lang Award is Liz Cannon: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nominations should be sent to Liz at 7449 Pitt St, Grimesland, NC 27837, and must be postmarked no later than 31 December 2013.

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