With Budget Deal, Military Pensions May Shrink

By: Estephany Escobar Email
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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Some military retirees feel they are taking the brunt of the budget deal.

They could see their pensions shrink every year, which is why they are making their voices heard in Washington.

Don Hess is a member of the Military Officers Association of America, which has sent over 90,000 letters to Congress to stop retirees from losing a one percentage point from their cost of living increase.

Hess said this could not only affect retirees, but also current members.

"How are we going to get people to serve in the military when you can't guarantee any benefits," said Hess.

The cuts would affect those under 62 years old, who served for 20 years.

While Hess won't be affected by the cuts, he still made his voice heard through a letter as he believes this is almost a tax.

"We are going to continue to ask Congress, even if it passes to continue to work on getting this thing repealed," said Hess.

Some ranks could lose nearly $83,000, while others may loose up to $120,000.

Hess has contact Rep. Bob Goodlatte and is upset because Goodlatte supported the budget deal after promising veterans they would be the last to face cuts.

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