2012 Proposed Military Pay

Just in case you haven’t seen it elsewhere, President Obama’s proposed 2012 Federal Budget includes a 1.6% basic pay increase for military members.  These, of course, are not the final numbers that will actually happen, it is just the President’s proposed budget.  There are many steps that need to happen before this becomes law (keep in mind that we’ve just recently gotten a 2011 budget passed.)

There has been much talk about a possible military pay freeze.  I know that most military members are against it, and some say it is isn’t even possible, but it could very well happen.  If not this year, maybe next year.  While I would also prefer that the military continue to get even small raises, I think that everyone needs to get their mind around the fact that the pay levels may remain level at some point.

I didn’t publish a link to this information before because, honestly, I don’t think it is particularly relevant to the day-to-day financial lives of military families.  Interestin, maybe, but not relevant.  None of us need to be “spending ahead” with money that we don’t have, and certainly not making any financial decisions based on a pay raise that may or may not happen.  Read it, maybe think about it, and move on, folks.  There’s nothing to see here!

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • GySgtSam

    1.6% that comes out to be about $16 for rvery $1,000 you make. That sure is alot for putting your life on the line LOL.

    • Komplicator

      Factor in the proposed TriCare increases, and that 1.6% disappears in a heart beat.

      But we all know that retired pay is tied to the artificial CPI, and we haven’t had a COLA in three years. I’d be willing to bet we won’t get one next year either

    • aka

      if our disable and curent serving servicvicemen and women do not receve a 2012 pay raises I FELL OUR SENATE, CONGRESS AND YES OUR presedent ,and E X presidents should take A pay C U T !!!!!!!!!!!

  • cark

    Active soliders should make more. They are doing the work! Not sitting on their asses. Look in the private sector, the working always make more then the retirees.

    • Brandon

      That is not truly fair to speak to another person like that. Yes. people who are currently working do and should make more, however, we need to remember that the retired served for us too. They deserve all of the respect we give current soldiers. It is ok to passionate about the point, but not rude.

      • Nina

        Thank you Brandon from my husband who passed at 56.

    • CCarl

      Excuse me?? I agree that active duty should make more but It’s clear that respect for veterans needs some adjustment. My 25 years, 2 wars and my fellow veterans who gave it all count a great deal. Your response wasn’t just disrespectful it was unbecoming any service member.

    • RETIREE

      Listen Moron, The retirees are the reason you can serve and be free to
      get paid. WE paid our dues while you were a wet nose kid. WE deserve
      to get a raise just like the active duty soldiers. Grow up and think before you make a STUPID REMARK about the retirees.

      • Rachel US Navy

        Retirees do deserve respect, but I don’t agree that they all should get a pay raise. It should depend on where you live etc. just like active duty. Just because you served in one of the many wars the US has fought does not mean you should be getting paid or the same benefits as active duty.

    • DNEWMANN

      EXCEPT FOR THOSE IN CONGRESS AND ALL OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICE. LET THEM TAKE A CUT TO TAKE CARE OF THE MISUSE OF TAXPAYER MONEY. IF IT WASN’T FOR ALL MILITARY PERSONNEL WHO HAVE FOUGHT AND GIVEN THEIR LIFE FOR THIS COUNTRY , THERE WOULDN’T BE ANYTHING FOR THEM TO GOVERN. IT IS ASHAME THAT VETERANS ARE MADE TO LIVE ON LESS THAN 3,000 A MONTH AND MOST OF THESE CONGRESSMAN MAKE THREE TIMES AS MUCH NEVER PUTTING THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE. IT IS A TERRIBLE INJUSTICE WHEN VETERANS HAVE TO FIGHT FOR EVERY BENEFIT THEY ARE DESERVING OF. INSTEAD OF LOOKING WHERE TO CUT THEY HAVE NEVER ONCE LOOKED AT THEMSELVES TO BE GIVEN A 1.6 INCREASE

  • joey

    What about a raise in the disabled vets pensions to???

    • RETIRED

      THE DISABLED VETS DESERVE ONE BEFORE ANYONE GETS ONE.
      THEY GAVE MUCH MORE WHEN THEY CAME HOME WITH LIMBS MISSING, AND PROBLEMS WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT. SO YES, I THINK THE DISABLED VETS SHOULD GO TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE.

    • RANDY M

      I AM A 100% DISABLED V/ NAM VET & I AM HOUSE BOUND SINCE 2003. I THINK PRESIDENT TRUMAN WAS THE LAST PRESIDENT TO GAVE US A RAISE, NOW WE HAVE NOT HAD A COST OF LIVING RAISE IN TWO YEARS, SINCE OBAMMA MOVED INTO THE WHITE HOUSE. THE VET. COMMITEE TWO YEARS AGO SAID WE NEEDED A 25% RAISE JUST TO ADJUST OUR INCOME SO IT WOULD = WHAT IT WAS IN 1948. I AM HAPPY TO GET ANYTHING AT ALL. I CAN NOT BUY ALL THE FOOD MY FAMILY NEEDS NOW BECAUSE I HAVE USED UP MY SAVINGS TO MAKE UP WHAT I WAS GETTING PAID BEFORE I BECAME 100% DISABLED AND COULD NOT WORK. PLUS IT IS TIME WE GET A COLA FOR NEXT YEAR, AND IT IS NOT TO LATE FOR ONE NOW TO HELP OUT WITH THE HIGH FOOD & GAS PRICES WE NOW HAVE THIS YEAR. I COULD NOT UNDERSTAND THE MATH THEY USEDTO NOT PAY FOR A COLA THE LAST TWO YEARS, WHEN THEY HAVE FOUND A WAY TO PAY THEM SELVES A RAISE EACH YEAR PLUS ALL THE EXTRAS WE DO NOT EVEN KNOW ABOUT. CONGRESS SHOUT ONLY GET A RAISE THE SAME AS THEY GAVE US. IF WE DO NOT GET ONE THEN THEY SHOULD NOT GET ONE. THEY WORK FOR US, BUT MOST THINK THEY WORK FOR THEM SELVES.

      • rickie l

        Amen randy disabled Vet’s should go to the front of the line because I can barely make it off what we are receiving right now

  • First Sgt.

    Re: Retiree’s, every 20 year retiree saved 10 young men from getting drafted and leaving home. I made 78.00 per month when I can in and managed to put something in savings every pay day. But, I EARNED my retirement with many separations from family, service in a combat zone and enduring command freezes on promotions. If we are going to cut pay raises, start with congress and take away their ability to give themselves large pay raises. Active duty troops earn their pay and should be well paid to risk their lives for the rest of us.

    • Joel Oliver

      AMEN! I’m a service connected Vietnam Vet and I do agree with some of the others that Congress should take the first ‘hit’ in pay. It’s a shame, but, I’m forced to rely on the Food Stamp program to survive.

      • Mike

        Congrats. My older brother’s family and mine can’t get on food stamps. Our wives are disabled as are our children and we are looking for work. We are abled bodies without jobs so we aren’t elegible. Plus when we were able to get them we must provide constant proof that we are still elegible. So every 3 months we have to present the state with all of our financial records and payment activities. This is not what we consider to be American. Our families would rather go hungry than submit to this. Hungry is not starving. I would rather see a small income than none. We need to get rid of the minimum wage until then we need to at least arrest it. the more that employers have to pay each employee reduces the number of employees they can hire. The minimum wage is just another way to count how productive the country is. At this point the only way there could be enough money for our people’s needs would be to spend rampantly and keep nothing, which gives us absolutely no security. We need to make congress understand that over spending by congress and counterfeiting is the only way to depreciate the dollar. It was 3.25 when I started working now it is 7.25. The best solution is a smaller military and a more prepared citizenry.

    • Charles

      I completely agree for I have been there and done that. I started in 1968 and spent 27 years between active duty and Army National Guards.
      ( Ret. MSG.)

    • Hugh Owen

      I’m a retired veteran of 23 years of service, did time in 2 different Police Actions, ( I called them wars) spent months and years away from my family and children!! Start with all members of Congress, slash their pay *as they haven’t earned any of it and stop their automatic raises (Cola) that they voted in for themselves, but begrudge the Military a measly cola raise every year….Down with the BUMS….

  • Nina

    My husband died related to military issues. I would rather have him here with me. Even though I get a pension for his death, I still need to file for bankruptcy. Sad situation for so many.

    • tim

      I too am a retired military member who has been lucky enough to just now be able to come out of stage 4 cancer treatments and believe me it was a living hell, enough of that, however I agree you do deserve to be taken care of and all military widows should be taken care of because I beleive that you have sacrificed as much as we the active duty and retired service members have.
      I will pray for you.
      V/r
      Tim

    • guest

      Yes Nina I know what your saying I am one of those people as you are, not quite a year now and it is very hard and the SBP insurance planned to help out is not available to have . Why all this is more than anyone will explain just why all the years men serve this Country we are so Proud of.
      signed JUST WHY

    • taggsgy0516

      POTUS Obama hates America and the Military more than ANY President we ever had. Clinton and Carter are very close seconds, but Obama is the most Anti-American President, and anti-Military person, ever to sit in that chair. How can he and the Left claim they believe in America, hiding behind the Constitution that absolutely every Soldier and Veteran fough, and sometimes died for? Beats me, but I guarantee I will keep Obama’s lies and destruction of America very alive, beginning in Jan 2012, and not letting up. I have catalogued every anti-American move he’s done since in office. He now has his DOJ getting our Border agents Murdered with weapons the DOJ forced the Federally Liscenced gin Dealers to sell to the Cartels, as a “test” to follow the Serial Number of the Items sold. Hey, Obama and DOJ, you can find those weapons in the hands of the Drug Cartels crossing the Border Illegally every day. How about you, OBAMA, give our Border agents some tools to work with and quit stabbing them, and Americas citizens, in the Back?

  • Rick

    It only stands to reason that our active makes more but us retirees deserve the same consideration and if nothing more than why does our congress and senate make so much.And like the commander in chief only job you can retire and have a 200,000 retirement the rest of your life.

  • Jerry Martin

    I have no quarrel with active duty pay increases. However, let me assure you, we retired are NOT sitting on our asses enjoying the good life. Perhaps you were not around when many of the benefits we enlisted for were abolished, combat tours were longer, equipment and rations sucked, and we could not communicate regularly with our wives and kids by cell, SKYPE, etc. And for some of us, we too were the “anonymous few” who couldn’t discuss where, when, and how! Now we’re the lobby to help save/increase ours, and your future benefits. Don’t bite yourself in the ass – we need a COLA increase!

    • WWWW

      I agree with Jerry. It seem’s that people in the W/H only think of themselves.
      I haven’t heard of any official say that he or she will take a 6.4 % cut in theipay to help.balance the budget, give us a decent cola increase, give the
      RET, DAV. a disability ck.that dosen’t come from his or her ret ck. BRAGON
      our powerful military, take away from them, every chancer we get.

    • RANDY M.

      YES WE DO NEED A COL;A INCREASE, BUT DO NOT FORGET ABOUT A RAISE FOR THE 100% DISABLED VET BECAUSE WE ARE UNABLE TO WORK TO HELP EARN A LITTLE MORE INCOME TO HELP US GET BY ON. IT HAS BEEN OVER 50 YEARS SINCE THE VA HAS INCREASE ANY DISABLE VETS INCOME EXCEPT FOR THE COLA INCREASE, AND THAT HAS BEEN OVER 2 YEARS AGO. SEN. DOLE WAS THE HEAD OF PRESIDENT BUSH VET COMMITEE AND THE REPORT GAVEN TO THE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAD SAID THAT THE DISABLED VET NEEDS A 25% RAISE JUST TO MAKE THE MONEY THEY ARE PAID HAVE THE SAVE BUYING POWER IT HAD IN 1960. WE DID NOT GET ANY RAISES UNTIL A LONG TIME AFTER 1960. I THINK MAYBE THE VETS GOT A RAISE WHEN PESIDENT NIXON CAVED IN AND GAVE THE POST OFFICE WORKS A RAISE AND HE HAD TO GAVE THE REST OF THE FED. EMPLOYEES A RAISE BECAUSE IT WAS THE LAW. THAT IS WHY THE POST OFFICE BACAME A NON-GOVERMENT OWN BUSINESS AND IN THE DEAL NO FED WORKER OR POST OFFICE WORKER COULD STRIKE WITHOUT BREAKING THE LAW. THAT WAS THE REASON THAT PRESIDENT REAGAN FIRED THE AIR CONTROLERS THAT WOULD NOT GO BACK TO WORK.

    • W.E. Rutz

      Amen Brother you got it right!

    • Coastie90

      If it wasn’t for L. Mendel Rivers, non of us would have seen a cola increase in our active duty pay or retired pay. I think the military only got one pay raise when Eisenhower was in office and only one pay raise when Kennedy/Johnson was in office. In 1967 the annual cola was passed. Thank you guys for your service. I retired, healthy, after 23 years, in 1990. We need this cola even if it’s only 2%, not much but better than 0% for 2 years.

  • nnn

    Just what is a person going to do with a 1.6% pay raise? How can the commander in chief propose this to the troops? I consider this a slap in the face to all who wear the uniform of the US military. Disgusting.

  • amjenkins

    My husband is currently on shore duty, is now in his 11th year in the Navy. He is an E5 and has taken the E6 exam multiple times and has passed, but they don’t advance him cause of his rate, what he does. He’s been on deployments, even once when his boat (submariine) caught fire. He does a lot for the navy and he gets no recognition. Let alone advancement. And might I add, he never gets bonuses. And since he hasn’t advanced to E6 yet, they only let him re-enlist 3 more years and informed him that if he hasn’t advanced by year 13, they are kicking him out. That’s not only not fair to him, but what about our children?! It disgusts me. So I agree with everyone. SomethingS need to change. FAST!!

    • CMDCM

      Maybe your husband needs to study more and get more involved with his command. If he was such a great Sailor, his command would have CAP’d him. Navy wives only know half the story why their husbands do not advance. Maybe he needs to look at the bigger picture of what is expected out of him and target into that. You can not tell me that he has been studying and making a hard effort to advance if he can’t put on First Class by taken a test. The advancement cycle incompesses he’s rate knowlegde, evals, awards, and PRT. Ask yourself, has he excelled in all those area’s?

      • MMC

        To Command Master Chief,
        Remember There Are No Such Thing As Bad Crews Only Bad Leaders.
        Tim Inman,
        US Navy Chief Machinest Mate (Retired)

        • CMDCM

          This is true Brother, however you do know about sub standard Sailors that use their leadership for the wrong reasons. Do you agree?

    • MMC RETIRED

      Here is one thing that might help you and your husband however, you must live it, It Is Your Attitude Not Your Aptitude That Decides Your Altitude

    • Rebekah

      I understand your situation. My husband has been trying to advance from E6 to E7. It has been difficult because they merged rates and now his rate has a very low advancement percentage. I also feel your frustration with the no recogition. When my husband was on shore duty he worked in a place where there were 4 rotating crews. They put him in charge of the worst crew and when he turned it around to the best crew they switched him to the worst crew and he would turn it around. Yet he got no recognition. They told him he needed to get into school so when he did thye gave him a hard time about going. They tell him one thing but their actions contradict.

  • Don Davis

    I never seem to see anyone write or speak about patriotism! I firmly beleive that this should be the primary reason anyone serves in our Government, whether in The Military, Congress or any other branch! The primary subject is how much money is everybogy getting or not getting! I beleive everyone should receive a decent wage, espeially those who go in Harms Way! However, as in the present and as it was in the past “Life is Not Always Fair”! Everyone thinks they are worth more than they get, but until we start to think seriously about the survival of this country and that Patriotism often means sacrifice and everyone will probably have to sacrifice some things now and in the future to preserve the freedoms this country stands for and qiut worrying about the almighty dollar or we will go down the tubes!

    • diane leeman

      We should ALL sacrifice to keep our freedoms. Right now it’s only the military. I know many people who never served and many who make a good wage. Some in the military could make more on the outside but they sacrifice in many ways til they get out. That will eventually leave the army with only incompetents. Then where will we be.

    • Kiyyah

      You hit it write on the knob..patriotism..I could not have said it better

  • mary hurd

    yes i think the wifes of the 100% of service connicked wifes need rises to and im one of them because my husband is dead sign mary hurd

    • Stillawarrior

      I agree with you too kent as I’m a NAM vet too ande 1.6% is a slap in the face like another vet said,,,after we dodge bullts mortsars, landmines, rockets and ate dudt for 365 days in Nam in a very unhealthy place . This is ridiculous,,,is this raise for disabled vets like me,,,,do u know……see my comment below,,,Stillawarrior

      • Stillawarrior

        Charlotte,,,I agree with yiu 100%,,,,Stillawarrior

  • Kent

    Congress and the President get a pay raise every year. And all they do is screw things up, and make it impossible for us to get a raise. I am a disabled vet from Vietnam, and haven’t had a raise for 2 years, while inflation takes more and more. I feel for the young men and women in harms way, they deserve everything we can give them.As they say, “All gave some, Some gave All”

  • crimprof

    I retired with 31 years of service and have not seen a raise in COLA yet. Like others, I started out at $97 a month and a lot of promises.

  • Christopher

    Just remember this proposed percentage before the Republicans screw it up. I’m Active Duty and I support the President!

    • taggsgy0516

      Christopher, the Democrats haven’t given the Active or Disabled a raise in two full years. Not a DIME!!!! Thhis POTUS sucks and wants to destroy, not build, America. Get your Head out of the sand and Liberal thought pattern long enough to get educated about this Non-President we have. I don’t mean the Birth Cert., just his lies, and giving away America to our enemies and the Muslim Terrorists here on our soil. Get Educated, sir, very quick and you will see your fault in believivg in him.

      • Joey

        Lies!!! Wow!!! Everytime you turn on the news you hear Romney Lie, back peddle, or change his story to fit the new group. Obama has said the same thing from the bigining. Are you forgeting that it has been your damm Republican leaders that have the house. They are the ones that are blocking everything that can help this country, for the purpose of making the president look bad. Christopher, you are correct in your statement. Don’t let Jack Asses like this guy feed you Fox News Bull shit. All they do is spread Republican propaganda. This taggsgy0516 must have a few milliion dollars put away in the bank and wants Romney to protect it for him. If Romney gets elected and passes the Paul Ryan budget, not only do we lose medicare but people like Mitt Romney who make their money on investments will pay less than 1% in taxes while the rest of us pick up the rest. You say get educated, learn to read outside your Fox News concervative propaganda machine, your the one who will find that they lie to you on a daily basis. .

  • Kenny

    Yes, disabled veterans desire pay raises just like the one”s on active duty. Don I understand patriotism and would do anything for my country, the greastest country in the world. But be real life necessites are important for survival.If we dont have those thing society would be in a shambles anyway.

  • Johanna Waller

    My husband was asked after being on board his ship for 3 months and still hadn’t gotten his regular paycheck due to an active investigation regarding the dispursing clerk from his prior duty station. We couldn’t afford to lose one penny so he declined, only to find out that was his one chance. I got out due to a family medical emergency after 8 1/2 years. I qualified for severence pay. I had a gov’t check in my hand for over $6K. Leaving my driver’s license as collateral, I couldn’t run across the street (on base) to cash the check and come back with the $1400 to sign up for the GI Bill because once I signed the check, I no longer belonged to the Navy. No GI Bill. My husband retires, making it a point to have his financial record auditted before he got out. He signs his paperwork thinking he had the same option I did as he has the cash in hand. He was determined ineligible because some E-3 typed his time in service wrong. They would send the corrected copy within 90 days making him ineligible.

  • Johanna Waller

    We all knew the pay sucked, the benefits weren’t much better, but you got to go places and do things most people can’t even dream about, and do it for a purpose. Our gov’t has lost track of that when it comes to both active duty, retirees, veterans, and dependents. If a married E-5 with two children living in gov’t housing qualifies for Food Stamps, and WIC, there’s a problem with our system. Let Congress have the same medical deductibles and services as we do. Let them stand in line at a military hospital pharmacy line waiting 6-8 hours for their heart medication and to find out the reality of our benefits. They work in “Public Service”.

  • Johanna Waller

    If they have income that is the same or greater than their congressional, senate, or presidential wage, they must forfeit one income, and make no more than their peers. I am personally tired of hearing about some past or present gov’t official who has to pay less than a penny on the dollar in their >$3 million accessory income income while I know plenty of military that have to pay fees upon penalties for a $3K-$4K tax bill because of an advancement or allowances from the prior tax year. I’ll step down from my soap box now. Thanks for reading. (Anyone know how I can get a few minutes in front of Congress/the Senate?)

  • Jerry Martin, SF-Ret

    AMEN lst Sgt! Did you ever have a move that didn’t cost you money, because nothing fit the next home or something was lost enroute? And, did you have the opportunity to build equity in a house or business? NO! And, don’t anyone ever question our PATRIOTISM. We served at the pleasure of the Commander-in-Chief; thus, the Americans that took the time to vote, and express their feelings on the direction of our country/militart. If one has never served, they are cluless as to the true meaning of sacrifice. All we ask is the same opportunity for retirement on a risk/reward ratio a person in the private sector (including federal civil service employees) enjoy without the sacrifice we, and our brothers/sisters-in-arms, and their families do (and did) endure.
    We wore the uniforms, and proudly at that. That flag means everything to us. We salute it, protected it, chersih it, never let it fall, and damned be anyone who would burn it.

  • DNEWMANN

    IF IT WASN’T FOR ALL MILITARY PERSONNEL WHO HAVE FOUGHT AND GIVEN THEIR LIFE FOR THIS COUNTRY , THERE WOULDN’T BE ANYTHING FOR THEM TO GOVERN. IT IS ASHAME THAT VETERANS ARE MADE TO LIVE ON LESS THAN 3,000 A MONTH AND MOST OF THESE CONGRESSMAN MAKE THREE TIMES AS MUCH NEVER PUTTING THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE. IT IS A TERRIBLE INJUSTICE WHEN VETERANS HAVE TO FIGHT FOR EVERY BENEFIT THEY ARE DESERVING OF, BUT ITS OK TO GIVE THEMSELVES A RAISE. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO ARE SUPPOSE TO BE OVERLOOKING THE ECONOMY, AND MAKING SURE THAT THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT HAVE FOUGHT AND GIVEN THEIR LIVES TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY ARE TAKEN CARE OF.

  • DNEWMANN

    Enter text right here!WHY SHOULD THESE POLITICIANS BE ABLE TO COLLECT THEIR PENSIONS, HEALTH INSURANCE FOR LIFE. IF THEY ARE ONLY IN OFFICE FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME WHY SHOULD THEY GET FULL PENSIONS. DO THEY LOSE IT WHEN THEY HAVE DONE SOMETHING WRONG OR RESIGNED BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN CAUGHT DOING SOMETHING WRONG. I DOUBT IT. ARE THEY GIVEN THE EQUIVALENT TO A DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE WHERE ALL BENEFITS ARE FORFEITED? I DOUBT IT. INSTEAD OF LOOKING WHERE TO CUTCOST IN THEIR BUDGET AND LOWER THE DEFICIT LETS SEE THEM GIVE UP SOMETHING INSTEAD OF NICKEL AND DIMING OUR BRAVE SOLDIERS WHO HAVE LITERALLY FOUGHT OR GIVEN THEIR LIFE FOR OUR COUNTRY .

    • For Peace

      AMEN! you are so correct and it is ashame that more people do NOT write to their local congressman and voice their feelings about what us American want. YOU said the plain and simple truth buddy. I wish you well. Stay strong!

  • SUBMARINER4LIFE

    i truly wish i also was member of CONGRESS, so i could vote on my own pay raise. i truly love this country with all my heart, and there is no place in the world i would rather be, but man something got to give, how do you sit in a position and argue all day to the point of nothing getting done, but you swear your job is the hardest on the planet.

  • Stillawarrior

    Is this 1.6% pay raise for disabled vetertans getting disability compensation now????If so this is totally ridiculous for me and all of us disabled vets who sacrificed our lifes in a time of need. I was in Vietnam dodging bullets, landmines, mortar rounds, rockets and anything the VC or Charlie could get his hands on and your only going to give me a 1.6% payraise…..Look at the price of gas….my gosh that payraise will hardly fill my tank up once a month and have nothing left over for anything else if this raise is for disabled veterans.

    • lloyd

      this proposed raise is only for active duty. We disabled vets ( i am 100% disabled) are not going to get a cola raise!

  • Eternal Soldier

    Yes We Can! Yes we can increase taxes, we can increase gov. spending, we can give ourselves raises that surpass inflation, We the government of the people, ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE. So whose fault is all this? Would you make sure you got yours if you were them, or continue to let your family struggle? We are all people, and we all miss the mark. I think the best thing that we can do, is render unto Ceasar what is Ceasar’s, effect the things that we can change, and pray for our leaders and our troops. Our children will be closer to the end times than we are, and it is going to get worse before it gets better. How you handle yourself in the face of this fact and during those times of turmoil and concern, that is what defines who you are and the legacy that you leave for your children to follow. You can’t make a world change, there is only one that has and will do that again. But what you can change is yourself. Remember, when you point a finger, there are three pointing right back at you. God bless you all and more importantly our leaders and our troops.

  • Billy

    How abut us disabled and over 65 , we havent had a raise in four years and the congress got a big raise so did the senetors, house if reps also!
    I think they need to pay taxes , pay for there own travel and not get payed for the days they set and sleep then have to come back to pass a bill they could have passed before they had to come back and get overtime pay!

  • Mozell Rayner

    Thank God for the raise for our military. Their lives are on the line daily and the families are supporting them and need a comfort for the amount being considered and sent for the year 2012. They need increased in salaries and accomodations for their immediate families. We must give thanks for what is being received. Their lives are on the line daily and their families are feeling the pain.

  • Haskel

    If a military man/woman serves 20 years they receive half pay for life and Medical for life which is being erode from day one.
    Congress after one term receives full retirment for life.
    And they are rarley if ever shot at. Deployed to a war zone or deprived of a safe place to live or work.
    Put them on the same plan the Military is on.
    Problems solved.

  • G. Tanner

    My husband is a disabled vet, served in vietnam. We endured many long seperations. He sufferes from service connected health issues. Why aren’t the wives of American servicemen recognised for their contribution as the Canadian ones are?? … we are struggling; In the event of his death I get nothing . Yet Canadian military families continue to receive the servicemans
    pension until their death or remarriage – This seems to be the decent & fair thing to do…So whats wrong America? Are we not valued in the same light?? Where is the fairness & justice here, we sacrificed too. I would like to hear more feedback on this issue.

  • Sharon Dragan`

    My husband served in the army from 1961 to 1964 and then in the reserves from 1964 until 1967. He died 8 yrs ago and as his widow I have tried to see if I qualify for some benefits and have been told he didnt serve during wartime. I beg to differ as the Veit Nam war was going on during some of the time he served. My husband was also sent to Korea for a year a half. He was working in finance. Evan as a Vet haveing served in the reserves counts for something doesn’t it.

  • Jose

    I guess thru the years people became harsher on these problems. But the main problem we have is that we forget how all this was created. First, we came into the service because we volunteer for it; nobody pushed us to join the forces… Second is that we knew that join the forces we’ll never be rich… And third is that we love to complain at all times. I served for 23 years in the Army and started with 400 dollars a month, I had a wife and a kid. If I just stay home after I retired, my family would be starving so I had to get a job, after I retired, I went back to college and worked in a retail place until I got an Associate and got a better job… People! You have to understand that this is life, you have to open your eyes and what you see in the commercial about retiring it is not true unless you make 80 to 100 thou a year and save your money… It is true that people not serving in the military may be in a better position but all of us had the same chance to leave the service after their initial entry, many of us stay because we loved what we were doing, so why are we complaining about it… ( continue)

  • RETIRED

    pay raise hooah, hooraa 1.6%, clothing go up 1.5%, gas go up 90%, economics go up 30% so what can you by with 1.6%?. Retire please don’t even think on doing that every where you go for help or do any type of paper’s work they are to busy with CNN or SOAP or going to the gym so they can look go to go to swiming pool or the park or what ever they can do but help you. First thing they tell go and see a civilian and pay then for the service WE ARE BUSY.

  • JEANI

    I AGREE WITH THE COMMENTS POSTED HERE! BY THE TIME A 1.6% RAISE IS ADJUSTED MY HUSBAND OF 53 YEARS, 26 OF THEM IN THE MILITARY, WILL BE GONE! I WILL HAVE A DECREASE IN MY PAY BUT, MY RENT IS GOING UP, FOOD, GASOLINE ETC! WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS? HAS THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDERED THAT?????

  • Phyllis Teitsort

    My husband died in 2006 and 2 months later I became disabled. Of course when he died from agent orange I no longer had insurance. I do receive pay from the VA but that is nothing compared to his salary so I have lost everything. These men deserve more and so do the spouses after they are gone. I feel they would save money if they offered buy outs I would do it.

  • Shortyround

    I agree that the military should receive a pay raise every year, so should the retired vets, Just because they didn’t serve in Iraq or Afghanistan doesn’t mean that they aren’t entitled to raises. One day that Active Duty Soldier that’s presently serving is going to become a retired Vet, and wish for those same benefits, so people look at the big picture. Past Presidents having been aided enemies for many years, so don’t act like Obama is the first President to follow suit.

  • KMall

    Nina,

    Words cannot express how grateful I am for the sacrifices you and your spouse have given for our nation.

  • n05admiral@yahoo.com

    i’m no veteran but i have meant so many since i have been in no soon a the see the navey federal card they chat away which is okay i learned alot from those conversations and i listened to alot of what that had to say and a few of them have said the same before bush was president our economy was fine but during his duration in office he contiously lended out money that we still have not gotten back till this day… and having his secreat meetings and so on and so fourth Obama is just stuck with the after math and doing what he can to fix it i have been in since i was 19 i am now 25 i am proud to serve my country and i am a leader and not a follwer it takes time for perfection so the best think to do is save what you can and pray because prayer can make a world of change.

  • eric baker

    i think that all service members should get 2% raise in there pay.
    the same 2% should go disabled vets

  • nnnnn

    what % pay raise will they vote for themselves???