The VFW opposes any changes to active duty and vet benefits. But, with the need for a $1.2 trillion in federal budget cuts, some benefits are being put on the chopping block.
Because of this, the VFW is asking members to contact lawmakers in opposition to any cuts affecting military members. Sen. McCain recently came out in approval of these types of changes.
These changes have the potential to affect health and retirement benefits. One possibility is the inclusion of an annual fee for enrollment for TRICARE for Life. Currently this program has no annual fee requirements. President Obama has proposed an annual fee requirement of $200.
There was also some talk about stopping military retirees who are still at an age for employment from having access to TRICARE Prime.
Health care costs have increases significantly in the past 10 years. The VFW is trying to be a proponent for active duty, and vets. But, current fiscal restraints and issues my create changes to benefits no matter who is opposed.