Safeguard Retiree Benefits

Issue Background

When service members enlist, they are promised a variety of benefits for 20 or more years of honorable service. These include health care coverage, access to commissaries and the option to elect a benefit plan for their survivors, to name a few. FRA believes these promises must be kept – not only to recruit and retain the best and brightest within our armed forces, but because it is the right thing to do.

When Congress considers cost-saving measures, military retirees are often the first target of opportunity for budget cuts and FRA stands strong to ensure promised benefits are not compromised.

Where We Stand
  • Protect military retired pay and benefits from changes that reduce their value.
  • Ensure all disabled military retirees receive their earned retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation concurrently, without offset.
  • Retain military treatment and other facilities important to retirees when a military installation is closed or realigned.
Issue News

FY 2018 Budget Outline Released and House Passes FY 2017 Defense Spending Bill

Mar 17, 2017 -

The Trump Administration released an FY 2018 budget outline—often referred to as the “skinny budget”—that calls for a major increase in Defense spending by $54 billion (nine percent increase) and increases spending for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by $4.4 billion (six percent increase).

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