Budget deala s pension cuts anger younger military veterans
After 25 years of service, including combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, Lt. Col. Stephen Preston retired from the Army and began collecting a pension of nearly $55,000 a year.
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#1 Dec 31, 2013
The Entitlements have to stop at some point, right?
#2 Dec 31, 2013
6:24 pm, Tuesday, December 31, 2013:
RE: Budget deals pension cuts anger younger military veterans
..... All welfare payments and pensions should be increased once each year, indexed with the Cost of Living statistics.
.....Yes, Entitlements have to stop on the day of death.
#4 Jan 1, 2014
51 Years old and drawing $55,000 dollars a year pension plus a new cushy job. WOW! I really feel bad for him. Besides sliding into jobs with Government vendors, Military Retirees also take upper management jobs in the Federal Government. Retired Federal employees cannot double dip with a second Federal job nor can they hire in with any of the vendors who they may have met while doing their civilian job, but military retirees can hire in with military vendors or draw a second federal paycheck, frequently taking that federal job away from highly qualified career federal employees.
I had it happen to me three times, two times I even had to train the military retirees who took the job that I was highly qualified for, the third time, I retired and someone else trained him. None of them were any more than minimally qualified but they were able to pencil whip their resume into appearing that they had many years of specialized experience. An outright LIE.
#5 Jan 1, 2014
25 years and only four promotions? This guy is a dud. Should have been, at least, a full Col. Combat tour? Bet that tour was really rough as a Major or Lt Col. How many troops surrounded his air conditioned duty station? The Officers who see the REAL combat are Lts, Captains and maybe a VERY FEW Majors. How many troops did he have in his protection detail? Probably more than was actively involved in combat. I served two tours in Viet Nam out of my three years of service and, after years of fighting, I am finally service connected for my exposure to Agent Orange and some of the the many related problems that it causes. Physically, I cannot enjoy life and will be lucky to see age 70. Yes, I used my 5 point military preference to obtain my government job but I also worked my way up the promotion ladder while watching military retirees walk into many top management jobs THAT THEY WERE NOT QUALIFED FOR and could not do without the help of those they stepped over. One military retiree had the answer... "It's not important that you can do the job but only that your supervisor BELIEVES you can do it. I simply take credit for the work that my suordinates do"
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