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Politics pays better than Service

November 11, 2011

In 2006, we paid pensions to 413 retired Congressmen, according to a 2007 publication from the Congressional Research Service. Their average annual pensions were $60,972 under the CSRS plan (290 retirees total) or $35,952 under the FERS plan (123). These benefits are earned unconditionally, for life, after a single term.

However, only 17% of military personnel receive retirement benefits. Those who don’t serve at least 20 years, leave with no benefits. None. Zero.

Tonight there was a special episode of ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ raising money for various veterans charities (see list below). These foundations were created because we are not keeping our promises to wounded and returning soldiers.

I know posing questions is a cheap trick, but what exactly are our priorities if veterans programs and education must resort to fund raisers?

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