Commission starts hearings on military pay, benefits

11/5/2013 | Stars and Stripes · Army Times

A panel mandated by Congress to consider changes in military pay and benefits began its first round of hearings with testimony from economists and other experts, many of whom said that some long-term benefits, such as lifelong health care, should be shifted to more immediate cash payments. The Defense Department has proposed limiting troop pay increases and raising Tricare copays and other fees for retirees. "Military personnel do not value the in-kind benefits to the same level that they cost the government," said former Pentagon personnel chief David Chu.

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