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December 21, 2019


President Trump brought Christmas early to members of the military, announcing he would be giving them a pay increase of more than three percent.

The pay raise is the third raise Trump has given to military service members, one each of the last three years.

“Your incredible contributions to our Nation are why I am proud to inform you that I recently signed into law major improvements to the compensation and benefits for Federal Employees as part of the 2020 National Defense Reauthorization Act,” he wrote in a public letter posted on his Twitter, as BizPac Review reports.

“Starting January 1, 2020, each service member will see their PAY INCREASE by 3.1 percent — the largest raise for our Military in more than 10 years,” he continued in the letter.

“While previous administrations allowed Military pay to stagnate, my Administration has secured pay raises for our Troops in each of the past 3 years — every year of my Presidency. This is unprecedented,” the president wrote.

BizPac Review reports Trump increased military pay each of the last three years by 3 percent or more. Each of these raises outshine the 1 percent raises former President Obama doled out.

“President Obama used the power granted to him by section 1009(e), Title 37 of the U.S. Code to cap military pay increases at a maximum of 1 to 1.3% for the years 2014 through 2016,” fact-checking website Snopes reports, per BizPac Review.

In addition to the pay raise, Trump also announced he was putting an end to the “Widow’s Tax.”

“According to retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Tom Jurkowsky of the Military Officers Association of America, [the “Widow’s Tax”] is a four-decades-old law that essentially makes the surviving family members of a deceased service member sacrifice some of their owed annuity,” BizPac Review reports.

urvivors of deceased service members who died as a result of military operations or service-connected causes are required to forfeit part or all of an annuity — referred to as the Survivor Benefit Plan, or SBP — which their service member purchased as a life insurance-type of policy,” he wrote in a column earlier this year.

“These survivors sacrifice part or all of the annuity because Congress mandated an offset from a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) compensation for which survivors also are eligible, based on the service member’s cause of death."





https://www.governorpalin.org/2019/12/21/christmas-comes-early-military-members-trump-gives-unprecedented-raise/?fbclid=IwAR14iaW0oTy0OMgyDq1zdfyH9ioIXu35yxLCxnU3WJDFZG2mO_jw9O4t2wY
 

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While that is nice, personally, I believe the current military is very overstaffed - especially at the top echelons and those guys are making out like bandits on my tax dollars
 

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While that is nice, personally, I believe the current military is very overstaffed - especially at the top echelons and those guys are making out like bandits on my tax dollars
You feel qualified to critique military staffing/personnel levels? I am glad the president is taking care of our troops.
 

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All organizations are over staffed at the top. Good to see the troops getting a raise.
 

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You feel qualified to critique military staffing/personnel levels? I am glad the president is taking care of our troops.
Want to take care of our troops? Bring them ALL back from overseas; eliminate the VA and give each soldier basically a military Medicare card which would let him/her go to the doctor of their choice. Selling off all that property, laying off those fed employees just freed up BILLIONS to give them the care they need and deserve
 
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Good for the troops, long time overdue.
Agree, we have too many Admirals and Generals at the top. Just politicians in a uniform most of them are.
Money should be spent on the troops and weapon systems.
Gut the social justice welfare system to help pay for it.
 

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Bet this won’t make the nightly news.
I'll have to take your word for that. I have not viewed the nightly news since the 1980s. :lol: Speaking of that...do you "youngsters" know, that back in the 1950s, the TV nightly world news was only 15 minutes in duration? No wonder stretching it out to 24/7 produces trivial garbage.
 

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Oh, the 1950s ? You mean, back when everybody actually tuned in​ to the news, and the media held themselves accountable to the public trust ?
 

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Should have been a graduated raise starting at the bottom. O6s and above make plenty already. Most thrive even more when they get out.
 
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