This is AUSA’s position on the budget legislation and the cut in COLA for under age 62 Military Retirees:
For the last several years AUSA has been leading the fight to end the draconian cuts in defense spending caused by sequestration and to mitigate the devastating effect it has had on national security, military readiness, modernization and procurement. We are encouraged by the potential for the bipartisan congressional budget conference committee legislation to break the stranglehold that sequestration has on the Department of Defense for the next two years. What we do not like is the suddenly-revealed provision that would negatively affect the calculation of the COLA for under-age-62 military retirees, and would influence today’s volunteer Soldiers who must decide to become tomorrow’s military retirees. Before that provision would take effect in January 2015, we will battle against its implementation. While the inroads that the budget legislation will make into the irresponsible implementation and results of sequestration are crucial to our Army and our national security, AUSA has always fought to maintain the health of the All-Volunteer Force, to maintain readiness for Soldiers and to maintain the pay and benefits that military retirees have earned with their service and sacrifice. That commitment remains.