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Proposed changes in military benefits worry troops

• Carmen Gentile and Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY
JALALABAD, Afghanistan – U.S. infantry officers at a combat base here near the border with Pakistan griped about changes being proposed to the military's retirement program — part of a broad effort to cut government spending.

"I signed a contract with the Army. I can't change that contract. Why can they?" says Master Sgt. William Murphy, who has served for 20 years.

The plan unveiled last month would end the time-honored, lifetime pension for those who retire at 20 years from the military, and replace it with a 401(k) program that pays benefits after turning 60 to 65.

Offered by an advisory panel to the Pentagon, the plan would save the government $250 billion over 20 years

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Comment by John Beck
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This is the most stupid things I have ever heard of. If this Gov't. wants US People to join the Military, they would not even be thinking about this. It's stupid, Dumb and Crazy for them to even think about it.

Comment by Jerry Alexander
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Remember!! Barry wants to Tap the 401`s.This way he`ll have many,many more to TAP.......Wake up America...WAKE UP!!!

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