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MOAA’S ADVOCACY TEAM IS GEARING UP TO PROTECT your health care and retirement benefits, mili- tary pay, force levels, wounded warriors, and caregivers. After an unpredictable 2017, the coming year likely will hold even more surprises on Capitol Hill. Midterm elections are coming in November, and the turnover in Congress could be significant. With partisanship on the rise, the political transition likely will pose inter- esting challenges. Our uniformed servicemembers and their families have now endured 16 years of war. Overshadowing the challeng-


es is the constant competition for fewer dollars, as budget caps dominate discussions at every level. These growing budget pressures prompt efforts to erode


service-earned benefits through reduced pay raises, signif- icant changes to housing allowances, and increased health care fees. While MOAA has successfully deflected some of those challenges, we must remain vigilant. Of paramount concern is the proven impact these reductions have on re- tention and readiness. We’re resolved to ensure any reduc- tion to career incentives — essential to the all-volunteer force — is approached with great care.


January 2018 | MILITARY OFFICER | 37


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