For those with military service, we know there are different levels and types of disabilities.
When ‘they’ are talking about exempting those with a ‘disability,’ just what are they talking about?
Combat-only disability ratings?
I don’t have a combat disability but after a career flying fighters I have darned near lost my hearing in one ear and have permanent spine damage and a torn muscle in my neck that causes discomfort (mostly on cold days). With my 30% VA disability rating, where do I fit in. . .or do I not fit in?
They have not given this much thought at all.
Heck, it’s like they never read the bill they voted on. . .oh, wait. . .
posted on 12/19/2013 12:07:47 PM PST
I would guess they are looking at VA rated disability, which I believe does not distinguish combat or non-combat injuries per se in terms of ratings. From what I have gathered with the current bill that passed the House and Senate, Ryan wanted pensions cuts so bad he could taste them. Murray, not so much, but she went along, and now apparently regrets it. Ryan got his direction on the provisions to cut military retiree pensions direct from the DoD, and Ryan has blamed Hagel, who denied any culpability to Senator Graham (I believe Hagel is lying). Under the new agreement, you would have to be medically retired to be exempt from the Pension cuts. There are only a select few of these cases compared to the vast majority who retire. The DoD knows this, and that is why they pushed for this exclusion, because it gives them more money to steal from their retirees and currently serving members in uniform who will bear the full front of these costs.
You can be medically retired (you have to meet a board, a battery of doctors, etc), but it could be for something such as sleep apnea. That person will escape the COLA cuts. But, a 80% Disabled vet who has a Purple Heart (and I know of one) gets screwed.....under the Ryan-Murray deal they steal from his pension.
posted on 12/19/2013 3:57:59 PM PST
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