Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Calls on Congress to Correct Guard and Reserve Retirement Credit System

April 2010

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) strongly supports passage of H.R. 4947, the Reserve Retirement Deployment Credit Correction Act. The bill would correct a technicality in the current retirement benefits system that has prevented many members of the Guard and Reserve from receiving credit for active duty deployments. The Guard and Reserve have been a backbone of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with many members serving one or more tours of duty.

The FY 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized Guard and Reserve members to begin receiving retired pay earlier than age 60 for active duty service performed. For every 90 days of active duty service, Guard and Reserve members are to have their retirement age reduced by 3 months.

However, current Department of Defense policy stupidly requires that the 90 days of service must be performed within one fiscal year. Many Guard and Reserve members are losing credit for all or part of their deployments because of this requirement. H.R. 4947 would remove the requirement that the 90 day period of active duty service occur within one fiscal year.

Guard and Reserve members are playing a central role in oversees military operations, and their retirement compensation must continue to be improved to help retain those being asked to make increasing sacrifices.

The JWV calls on Congress to move quickly to pass H.R. 4947, so Guard and Reserve members can receive the benefits they deserve.


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