Military retirees could be hit the hardest by new budget bill

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - If the Senate passes thebudget bill as is – some worry it could hurt military retirees.

Military groups like theVeterans of Foreign Wars estimates military retirees could lose up to 20percent of their cost of living benefits.

For example – an enlistedperson could lose about $80,000 by the time they are 62, an officer could losemore.

Military groups who opposethe proposal say this could ultimately affect military retention andrecruitment.  Democratic Senator CarlLevin of Michigan says the military provision could be revisited after the billis passed.  Levin chairs the Senate ArmedServices Committee.

Those for the proposedchanges say it is estimated to save the government $6 billion.

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