FRA Defends Military Resale System and Other Benefits

In response to a prominent front page story in the Washington Post on Sunday, June 2, 2013, NED Joe Barnes wrote to the paper's editors to clarify misinformation in the story about the military resale system and criticism about benefit enhancements enacted since 2000.   He stated that the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) is highly efficient and well run, and that major benefit improvements during the past 12 years were enacted to address “a 13.5-percent pay gap, readiness and retention challenges, concerns about a 'hollow force' and to honor the government's broken promises to those who served in the past.”  He also cited military compensation, health care, retirement and other benefit programs as essential to sustaining the All Volunteer Force and ensuring our national security and equally, if not more, important than growing entitlement and social programs. 

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