Spiraling military pay, benefits get noticed
Defense Department commissaries such as this one at Offutt Air Force Base could be privatized or even eliminated as part of an effort to cut back on the growing cost of military pay and benefits. Such a change could save about $1 billion. But 2nd Lt. Calvin Fishburn, a newly minted Air Force officer who grew up in a military family that shopped at commissaries, said he would hate to see that happen. “I really like it. It's on base, it's handy,” he said. “We're close-knit, a nicer group. Everybody's smiling. It's really a great place.”
Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013 12:00 am
Updated: 12:10 pm, Fri May 23, 2014.
America asks its military members to risk injury and death in the line of duty and to endure stressful separation from their families.
In exchange, we provide them with pay, free housing and medical care, wholesale prices at commissaries, all or most of their college expenses and more.
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Sunday, November 3, 2013 12:00 am.
Updated: 12:10 pm.