Military compensation topic of community meetings | UTSanDiego.com
???-CommentsCARLSBAD ? A community meeting on proposed updates to military pay and benefits is scheduled for March 25 in Carlsbad. Community members are welcome to give input.
The town hall meeting, led by members of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, is open to service members, retirees, veterans, family members and the interested public.
The nine-member commission based in Arlington, Va. was established in 2013 as part of Congress' National Defense Authorization Act to review military compensation and retirement programs. Commissioners are supposed to make recommendations to update the programs and align them better with service members' needs.
Programs are divided into three categories, compensation, including pay and retirement benefits; healthcare and quality of life benefits, such as the commissary, Department of Defense school and day care.
Some of the existing programs are 30 years old and need to be brought up-to-date, said commission spokesman James Graybeal.
"The meeting is an opportunity for the military community to tell us their compensation preferences and voice concerns that can be factored into the recommendations the commission makes," Graybeal said.
The meeting is one of a dozen the commission is holding over the next several months at cities across the country with high military concentrations.
Recommendations are scheduled to be presented to the President and Congress in February 2015.
A survey on compensation is set to be sent to 170,000 military and 50,000 retired service members in late Spring, according to Graybeal.
Along with the town hall meeting, the commission is holding a public hearing on military compensation 8 a.m to 1 p.m. March 26 at the Harbor Island Hilton, 1960 Harbor Island Drive, near downtown San Diego. The Commission is scheduled to hear from senior leaders of local military commands and their senior enlisted advisors, unit commanders and their family support groups, local medical and education community representatives and quality of life organizations, such a food services representatives. This meeting is not open to comments from the public.
Members of the Commission include Alphonso Maldon, Jr., chairman, former Congressman Stephen Buyer, former Congressman Chris Carney, retired Army General Peter Chiarelli, retired Navy Admiral Edmund Giambastiani, Jr., Mike Higgins, former Senator Bob Kerrey, former Senator Larry Pressler and the Honorable Dov Zakheim.
Commissioners will hear testimony from witnesses on various aspects of military compensation.