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Military Veterans Could See Benefits Cut if Budget Passes

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OMAHA (KPTM)- Members of the military may be paying the price for the proposed 2014 budget.

If the budget passes in the United States Senate, military veterans benefits will be cut.

"They turn around and pull the carpet on the benefits they were told they'd have," said Air Force Veteran, Pat Jones.

Jones spent 28 years in the air force and said he knows what a sacrifice members of the military make. "I missed four out of the first five Christmases being gone for military duty," said Jones.

Jones said the sacrifice that lawmakers are making to meet the budget for next year is costing military retirees well-earned benefits.

"We come to this agreement that we will get one percent, that's a pay cut," said Jones.

Active service members can retire after 20 years of service, or at age 62. Once retired, military members receive a salary, or pension, that's also adjusted for inflation.  Under the new budget, the inflation adjustment would be cut one percent. For example, if inflation is 1.8 percent, military retirees would receive .8 percent inflation increases instead.

"It's just, it's not right," said Lisa Villacis.

Villacis is married to a military man. She said the cuts to the benefits would be around $80,000 by the time her husband retires.

"He went to war with a promise that he would return and have that money paid to him, it was a promise made to him," said Villacis.

"It's a breach of faith in service for what you did for your country," said Jones.

Supporters of the budget argue that most members of the military retire young, and would most likely be in the work force after retiring from the military.

According to CNN, the House Budget Committee released a statement that said, "(It) provides an exceptionally generous benefit, often providing 40 years of pension payments in return for 20 years of service."

 The US Senate is expected to vote on the budget this week.

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