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Letter to the Editor: What are they going to do?

By CPL. SETH MCPHIE
Brigham City

Editor:

As with previous National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA), of 2006 and 2007, the 2008 NDAA did not address or correct the following issues:

•375,000 military retirees with less than 50 percent disability denied CRDP (Concurrent Retirement Disability Pay, 10 US Code 1414)

•327,000 military retirees age 70 and 30 have paid up to an excess of six years' premiums for the Survivor's Benefits Program (SBP)

•188,000 Chapter 61 medical disability retirees with less than 20 years denied CRDP (Concurrent Retirement Disability Pay, 10 US Code 1414)

The 2008 NDAA did extend CRSC (Combat Related Special Compensation) to a yet to be determined number of Chapter 61 retirees (possibly as many as 40,000) with less than 20 years of service.

•61,000 widows denied full relief from SBP/DIC

The 2008 NDAA did authorize $50/month "special allowance" to be incremented $10/year for five years. This is not much help to restore an offset that approximates $900-$1000/month.

Further, it is a shallow gesture as it is valid from Oct. 1, 2008, and expires March 1, 2016.

What are they going to do about this travesty?





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