“A bill that will go before the full Senate and House includes higher co-pays for prescriptions filled at off-base pharmacies, a curb on basic allowances for housing – BAH – by 1 percent next year, and rolling back the statutory 1.8 percent troop pay raise to 1 percent, first reported by Military Times.
According to the 2015 G20 economic forecast , troops will lose somewhere between .8 and 1.3 percent of their spending power to inflation. The Act also will increase the cost to troops living off-post in the form of a proposed reduction in the BAH and an increase in their co-pay for prescriptions bought off base by $3. These roll backs and reductions may seem inconsequential to someone making an average of $174,000 annually, but some of the lower-enlisted troops are already living at or near the poverty level.
Bruce Karatz says he is interested in the intelligence behind even further cuts in pay and benefits to the troops while increasing the amount of money spent waging the wars that these troops are asked to fight. I don’t know how others will respond to this, but as for me, I will write to my Congressional representatives and ask why they are trying to balance the budget on the backs of our troops.