The fiscal ’03 defense act established special payments to begin on June 1 for certain combat and combat-related disabled veterans. In preparation, representatives from The Military Coalition, the National Association for Uniformed Services and the National Military Veterans Alliance have met with pay officials from the Defense Department. During the meeting, representatives presented issues for DoD to include in planning for the program. All agreed that many details must be worked out to ensure that payments are consistent between the services and for members who have retired.