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Defense Bill Coming Up…….



The House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee will draft its version of the FY2012 Defense Authorization bill next week. The full Armed Services Committee is expected to take up the bill the following week.

Now is the time to contact your U.S. representative and ask for their support to include provisions in the defense bill that would address the following MOAA priorities:

* Protect the currently serving force against manpower cuts and pay raise cutbacks
* Cap any future percentage increase in TRICARE fees at the retired pay COLA percentage
* Make progress toward ending unfair compensation penalties imposed on thousands of disabled retirees, military survivors, and Guard/Reserve warriors

Send your legislators a message. A suggested message format follows the jump:

The House Armed Services Committee will begin crafting the all-important Defense Authorization Bill next week. With only a small window before key defense issues are considered now is the time to contact Congress.

Please take a few minutes and send the letter below encouraging your Representative to support key Military issues.

I am writing to ask your help in including several key issues in the upcoming FY2012 Defense Authorization Bill.

Please do all that you can to ensure the bill:

1.) Recognizes in law servicemembers’ heavy pre-paid premiums of service/sacrifice and caps future TRICARE fee increases at the COLA percentage

2.) Prevents any cuts to the force or pay raise for troops/families in this 10th year of war

3.) Reduces and ultimately ends compensation penalties affecting disabled military retirees and military widows and early retirement credit shortfalls for Guard and Reserve warriors.

I very much appreciate your support in seeking to address these problems in the upcoming defense bill.

About Capers Bar

I am retired Army officer. I used to fly helicopters and airplanes while I was in the Army. Nowadays, I do other things that are not so cool and sexy. I decided to write about my journey or whatever you want to call it towards running a half-marathon this fall. I have been running since 1983, I have run the Duke City full and half marathons. I don't run that fast anymore, I did win a 10K when I was 21, those days are mercifully past me. The fastest mile I have turned is a 5:05 during one of those Army physical fitness test 2 mile runs. The point I am making is that I am old, slow, and experienced runner. I named the blog after my running buddy, Bandit, an Australian Blue Heeler. He is my 3rd K-9 running buddy, the previous two dogs were black labs. I hope to write about some of my discussions that I have with Bandit in the future. I once owned, but since sold and a satirical and irreverent sports blog that was moderately successful. I was published in the left-wing national sports media by Sports Illustrated and ESPN. I am "stuck" in Alabama working for a military contractor. I am working so fricking hard to get back to Southeast New Mexico or West Texas. Fingers and toes crossed.

One comment on “Defense Bill Coming Up…….

  1. I appreciate your efforts, but the Republicans know the disabled have already fought and are now of no use to them. Never going to pass COLAs, offset revocation, etc. To paraphrase Dick Cheney on why he didn’t fight in Vietnam “[they] have better things to do.”

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