Retiree COLA Reduction Delayed

December 04, 2014 | Terry Howell

By Bryant Jordan - A move to reduce retirement pay increases for future career service members by 1 percent lower will not go into effect for another year under the 2015 defense budget … [Read more...]

Retiree COLA Set for 2015

October 23, 2014 | Tom Philpott

Military and federal civilian retirees, survivor benefit annuitants, disabled veterans and Social Security recipients will see a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment in January. The yearly COLA on … [Read more...]

UPDATED – House to Vote on 2015 Military Pay and Benefits

May 20, 2014 | Terry Howell

UPDATE: The House Passed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act with the 1.8 percent military pay raise intact.. However, the current Senate version does not agree with the House's version on … [Read more...]

Servicemembers Can Opt-In for New Retirement Plan

May 15, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: LURING CURRENT FORCE TO ‘REFORM’ ITS OWN RETIREMENT Current military members and retirees are to be “grandfathered” from any retirement changes that the Military … [Read more...]

What do you think about curbing pay and benefits?

April 24, 2014 | Terry Howell

We have seen a huge response to the Sgt Maj of the Marine Corps and other Pentagon officials claim that troops prefer new equipment and training to pay raises and benefits. Now is your chance … [Read more...]

DoD Budget Plan Takes Aim at TRICARE

February 27, 2014 | Terry Howell

The proposed 2015 DoD budget could kill TRICARE Prime and increase out-of-pocket medical expenses for dependents and retirees. … [Read more...]

DoD Budget Cuts Draw Fire from Veterans Groups

February 25, 2014 | Terry Howell

The proposed 2015 defense budget has been released, and it is not pretty. To summarize, the DoD is proposing limiting troop pay raises to below the civilian rate of growth … [Read more...]

The Legion Explains the Importance of the COLA Battle

February 21, 2014 | Terry Howell

The following guest blog offers insight into why fighting over the reduced cost-of-living-adjustment for military retirees was important for all veterans and servicemembers. Why Getting the COLA … [Read more...]

MOAA Thanks Congress for Stepping Up

February 13, 2014 | Terry Howell

The following is Military Officers Association of America Statement regarding the repeal of the COLA cap. The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) wishes to thank all members of Congress … [Read more...]

Update: Pres Signs Law to Repeal COLA Cap

February 12, 2014 | Terry Howell

COLA Cap Repeal: Finally something we all can agree on. … [Read more...]

Philpott’s Forum: Understanding Retiree’s COLA Cap Anger

January 30, 2014 | Tom Philpott

Philpott's Forum is dedicated to sharing the opinion, insight, and questions posted by readers of Tom Philpott's Military Update. The following is a sampling of the responses to a recent … [Read more...]

Why Worry About the COLA Cuts?

January 18, 2014 | Terry Howell

The following was provided by the Military Officers Association of America MOAA has put together their top 5 reasons why you should worry about the COLA cut. Here is a quick summary: 1. Cuts … [Read more...]