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Fri Apr 21, 2017, 07:38 AM

There's a plan in Congress to start charging troops for their GI Bill benefits

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Source: Military Times

WASHINGTON — A congressional proposal to make service members buy into their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits surprised veterans groups on Tuesday, with advocates divided over whether it amounts to a long-term fix for the benefit or an unfair bill for veterans.

“This new tax on troops is absurd,” said Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander Brian Duffy in a statement. “Ensuring veterans are able to successfully transition back to civilian life after military service is a cost of war, and not a fee that Congress can just pass along to our troops.

“Congress must stop nickeling and diming America’s service members and veterans.”

The plan — draft legislation from House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe, R-Tenn. — would deduct $2,400 from future service members’ paychecks to establish eligibility for revamped post-military education benefits. This was first reported Tuesday by Task & Purpose.

Read more: http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/gi-bill-benefits-new-fees-future-enlistees-house-lawmakers



and the military continues to vote for fucking ReTrumplicans.

Guess our Military members and Veterans fall into the "Takers" side as far as ReTrumplicans are concerned

Edited to add: BTW an E2 in the Navy makes approximately $19K a year. I would imagine $2400 a year would be important to someone making $19K a year.

Fuck every last one of these sick fucking ReTrumplicans

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Scarsdale Apr 2017 #1
bucolic_frolic Apr 2017 #2
Recursion Apr 2017 #3
ExciteBike66 Apr 2017 #6
Recursion Apr 2017 #8
ExciteBike66 Apr 2017 #4
Bernardo de La Paz Apr 2017 #5
greymattermom Apr 2017 #7
Chemisse Apr 2017 #9

Response to maxrandb (Original post)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 07:43 AM

1. Save $$$?

Have the deadwood in DC pay for their own medical coverage. Better yet, make them sign up for Trumpcare. Also, eliminate THEIR pensions, they can get 401K's like others have to. They get enough free "stuff" Time to face facts, they are NOT worth their salary. They do not represent their constituents, they take care of themselves and each other.

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Response to maxrandb (Original post)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 07:44 AM

2. It's all just foot in the door

once they're in, the fees never stop

Electric deregulation. I now have a billing fee of $10 a month. Even if
I use zero electric. Once they start, they never stop increasing fees.

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Response to maxrandb (Original post)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 07:44 AM

3. I had to pay for mine. When did that stop? (nt)

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Response to Recursion (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 07:49 AM

6. Looking at wiki, it looks like the

Montgomery GI bill required a servicemember to pay into the program while on active duty.

The post-911 GI bill didn't have that requirement. Also, if I remember correctly, the reserve and national guard GI bill also didn't require payment (though the benefits were less).

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Response to ExciteBike66 (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 07:56 AM

8. Ah, yeah, I enlisted pre-9/11 and did the Montgomery Bill

And even worse, I EAS'd three days too early for the 9/11 GI bill to apply to me grumble grumble.

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Response to maxrandb (Original post)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 07:44 AM

4. Keep it free

making war cost more money is the only way to have less of it (at least, with the GOP in charge).

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Response to maxrandb (Original post)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 07:44 AM

5. RepubliCONs have to squeeze even Veterans for Rich Tax Cut, despite saying "We support the troops"


Hypocrites

Con artists.

Don't fall for the RepubliCON, veterans.

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Response to maxrandb (Original post)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 07:51 AM

7. This is the kind of thing that wakes folks up

If it happens, Dems can easily run against it, and the military will understand exactly what is going on.

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Fri Apr 21, 2017, 07:57 AM

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