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MILITARY: Retired pay incorrectly classified

Letter by Lewis E. Pugh Jr., Puyallup on Aug. 16, 2011 at 10:36 am | 1 Comment »
August 16, 2011 10:36 am

Re: “Philpott column needs clarification” (letter, 8-15).

In all respect to both Tom Philpott and the letter writer, both man seem to lack some knowledge about the earning of military pay, that which is classified as retired/retainer pay.

The Armed Forces Voluntary Recruitment Act of 1945 (Public Law 79-190), Section 4, states: “Whenever any enlisted man of the regular Army shall have completed not less than twenty or more years of active service, he may upon request, be retired and shall receive (except with respect to periods of active duty he may be required to perform), until his death an annual pay.”

Military retired/retainer pay is not paid as a deferred compensation for past military services rendered, nor is it income from a military pension plan. This military pay is being paid for a continued military obligation.

Because of the incorrect classification of military retired/retainer pay, thousands of our career military personal have been placed into a state of involuntary servitude to a former (often remarried) spouse for life.

Maybe Philpott would like to report on this injustice. I can furnish him tons of information.

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