Gov't Demands Military Widow Repay Benefits

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    Well, this is just wrong.

    Veteran's widow told to repay $41,000 in benefits | The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star, Norfolk, VA Newspaper | Find Articles at BNET
     
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    This seems just so wrong that it boggles the mind.
     
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    Wanna know why Military retirees can not get Military retired pay and Federal Retired pay even if they earned both?

    General Sherman.

    BY the 1880's and 1890's The South had recovered and had a firm grasp with their fellow northern Democrats on the Government. Sherman was HATED for his march to the Sea in Georgia. So to punish him, as he was both a retired Military officer and a retired civil servant, Congress banned Military retirees from receiving both retirement payments.

    I suspect the law in question is old as shit and no one ever cared to change it. Further did you know that in order for a military retiree to give their spouse a portion of their retirement when they die they must pay a large portion while alive of their retirement?

    Lots of ignorant laws in regard military retirement pay.
     
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    Now that's a fascinating factoid, RGS.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    I don't think that's quite true anymore Gunny. Military retirees can work for the government and earn a separate retirement. I've a friend who retired as a MCPO a couple of years after I retired and he works as a GS-15 now. I believe some of the pay provisions you speak of were corrected by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2000.

    Military Retirement Regulations - Military Benefits - Military.com
    Mixing Civilian and Military Retirement (6/30/06) -- GovExec.com


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    My grandfather retired from the Air Force with a pension, and worked for the local county long enough to receive that pension as well. Neither one affected the other. Granted the laws could have changed since then, but they haven't been that was since the civil war to today.
     
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    What Gunny was addressing was restrictions on Military Retirement and federal civil service as a second career. I don't believe there used to be any problems with Military Retirement with a second career in either State or Local employement.


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