Asshattery abounds in the five-sided puzzle palace, apparently.
"The Department of Defense is proposing large hikes in health care fees for military retirees - increases of more than $1,000 per year in some cases - on the basis that military coverage is "very rich" compared to civilian plans. Retail pharmacy copays would be increased by 67% for all beneficiaries, including active duty/Guard/Reserve families."
"The Joint Chiefs of Staff are endorsing these fee increases, saying the budget savings are needed to help fund weapons and other needs."
Wanna save money? Kill the Stryker, fire a bunch of Generals and other bean-counters, Strip all Generals of their retirement pensions and benefits (Then lets see how far "Service to the Nation" goes. After all, most go to work for defense contractors anyway.)
Aren't these the same fellows who said "Those who visit with wounded veterans in local hospitals have found lives profoundly changed by pain and loss. The have also found brave men and women with a sense of purpose and selfless committment that causes truly battle-hardened warriors to pause. Where do we get such men and women? From the cities and farmlands of this great nation--they serve as part of something bigger than themselves. ...We believe you owe the men and women and their families who so selflessly serve our country the decency not to make light of their tremendous physical sacrifices." [Emphasis mine]
You can go here to kvetch at your reps. I did.
Generals always say "The men deserve the best." Well do they or don't they?