Balancing the budget on the backs of soldiers and veterans, again. But it’s a secret.
DOD has hinted at closing commissaries as a part of the FY 15 budget, but there is more in the article: Retirement healthcare, basic allowance for housing, cost-of-living adjustments, civilian pensions and pay increases may all be on the chopping block. Everything is under wraps until February.
To wit, Congressman Walter Jones, who has been speaking against potential commissary closures, said during a phone interview with The Daily News on Tuesday, that commissaries are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cuts:
- - Retirees will be urged forced to use private-sector insurance when available as opposed to Tricare health insurance.
- Basic Allowance for Housing may also be affected with individuals having to pay more of their own housing costs
- For retired military who are working in civilian government service, pensions may be eliminated.
- Military and civilian pay increases would be limited.
So, budget balancing on service members and veterans continues while Congress critters protect unwanted weapon systems, bases that should be closed, and other pork barrel social entitlement programs. Great, just great.