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Posted: 9/2/2001 6:02:46 PM EDT
This posting is slightly off topic, but I ask for your help in righting an injustice done to U.S. military retirees and those on active duty and in the reserves who have chosen military service as a career. This injustice is the "Former Spouses of Military Service Members Act", this law recognized military retirement as property divisable by the court pursuant to the divorce of a military member. The law, while ensuring former spouses were compensated for their contribution towards the common military career, went too far. The most grievous provisions of this law are as follows: 1. The former spouse is entitled to "up to" half of the value of a retirees pay based on the rank and years of service at retirement, regardless of when the divorce occurred. If the divorce occurred after 10 years of marriage while in service and the military member was then an E-6 or O-4 and went on to serve another 15 years achieving the rank of E-9 or O-6, the former spouse's entitlement would be based on the highest rank achieved and the total length of service. 2. Currently, the former spouse remains entitled to the retiree's pension even if the former spouse remarries. HOWEVER, THE SPONSORS OF HOUSE BILL HR-1983 "Uniformed Services Former Spouses Equity Act of 2001" (Introduced in the House) seek to correct this injustice and amend the law to: 1. Establish the former spouses entitlement to a percentage of the retirement based on the rank and length of service at the time of the divorce. 2. End the former spouses entitlement to the retiree's pension upon remarriage. I URGE EACH OF YOU TO CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND SENATOR AND DEMAND THEY MOVE HR 1983 OUT OF COMMITTEE (HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE) AND BRING IT TO A SUCCESSFUL VOTE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. The inequities in this bill are patently obvious. The men and women who make the US military a career put their ass on the line each and every day and while the spouses do contribute to our efforts, the percentage of a retiree's pay now allowed a former spouse, is way out of balance to their contribution to the career. HR 1983 will correct the inequity. I again urge you to write your Representative and Senator's urging their support for HR 1983. The web address for the House of Representatives and the Senate are below. You kind find their email addresses, phone numbers, and postal addresses at this site. www.house.gov/writerep/ www.senate.gov Yes, I do have a personal stake in this. I am an active duty Army Lieutenant Colonel and was divorced after 11 years of marriage. I was a Major at the time of the divorce and am now competitive for full Colonel. I fail to see the equity in her entitlement to compensation for my achievements during the balance of my 13 years of service. Please, I urge your support for all career miltary and retirees. Oh, this also pertains to Reservists as well, a former spouse is also entitled to half of their retired pay as well. Thank you for your patience and consideration, if you feel inclined to support my efforts here, please pass this email on to anyone you feel may be moved to assist in this effort. "De Oppresso Liber" Bladerunner
Link Posted: 9/3/2001 6:36:27 AM EDT
Bladerunner, I feel your pain. Luckily my first wife took off with an Air Force MAJ, and I haven't heard from her since. She was too "high maintenance" for a lowly Sergeant anyway. Basically, we're all screwed. Once you say "I Do," then it's all over but the crying. I wish that there were stronger counseling on staying single. I remember when the Marines were trying to offer a bonus if they stayed single all the way through to retirement. Wouldn't be a bad idea for ALL of the services. Good Luck SGT "O"
Link Posted: 9/3/2001 6:41:40 AM EDT
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