Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Opposes Cuts in Pay for Those Currently Deployed Overseas

Summer 2003

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) opposes the proposal by the Department of Defense to allow increases in combat pay and family separation allowances enacted in April 2003, to expire on September 30, 2003. The Congress should not let it happen. The legislation passed in April raised "imminent danger pay" from $150 to $225 a month for those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and "family separation allowances" from $100 to $250 a month for troops away from home for more than 30 days. The JWV joins the troops in the field overseas in supporting permanent increases in these pay categories. It would be a grave insult to those currently serving and their families to have to face the loss of this pay at a time when they are putting their lives on the line to defend their country and their people. Those who are currently serving their country overseas in combat deserve not only the admiration and thanks of a grateful people, but also adequate compensation for their sacrifice. The JWV demands that these increases be made permanent and urges the Department of Defense to find other ways to balance their budget. No budget should be balanced at the expense of the American serviceman or woman.

 

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