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S. 2836, The National Guard and Reserve Retired Pay Equity Act of 2008 (6 comments ↓)

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S. 2836 would amend title 10, United States Code, to include service after September 11, 2001, as service qualifying for the determination of a reduced eligibility age for receipt of non-regular service retired pay.

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M. Mergens

July 3, 2008, 8:06am (report abuse)

While this bill doesn't fully address the inequity of the age at which Reserve Component members of the military can receive retirement pay, vice their federal employee counterparts (age 60 vs 55), it does correct the inequity for those who are going to be called up in the future (which will probably be far less than the number called up in the previous 6 1/2 years) as opposed to those who previously served between 9/11/01 and 01/28/08.

Rita Turner

July 7, 2008, 11:53am (report abuse)

Passage of this bill is very important to reserve members and their families. Consideration of making it retroactive to September 11, 2001 is of the highest piority. Your support is greatly appreciated.

D Odom

July 22, 2008, 9:07am (report abuse)

While this bill does not fully address the inequities of the Reserve Component retirement pay, it does help correct the inequity for those who have been called up since the 9/11/01 attack. If our country calls on the reserves to support a war, the Congress and Senate should support those vary same troops they have called from their homes to risk their lives for our county.

R Jochim

July 24, 2008, 10:31am (report abuse)

I have volunteered and deployed four times since 9/11 - I earned my Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge chasing down Taliban at age 54, 16 years past the age of some retired service members who joined at 18 and got out at 38. We reservist traditionally stay in longer and surely deserve parity here.

C Beeks

October 7, 2008, 11:09am (report abuse)

It is important to realize that those called up for 911 were Reservists and National Guardsmen recruited for "Reagan's Red Horde Reserve". That is we were "strategic" reserves (to be called up in all out out war). Now we are, secondary to a much smaller Army, an "operational" reserve. We now participate in much more frequent mobilizations and expose ourselves to markedly increased dangers. All this we do for the old reserve compensation. Our government needs to "pony-up" the benefits commensurate a much more robust reserve component. If they do not then I fear that the reserve component will not be there when the military calls on them.

David L. Scandalito

November 26, 2008, 6:52pm (report abuse)

I retired in june of 2007 and cannot recieve my retired pay until Nov 2009. All of the peronel that are reservists and are obligated to serve have done a job well done. If they continue to risk their lives in Iraq and Afganistan they will filter thier views on to younger people and this counties reserve will be nill. They risk their lives for this country only to be told they cannot be compensated for their heroism.

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