Armed Forces News

Defense Department officials have distributed papers to the Senate designed to defeat an initiative to phase out the 36 percent cut in Survivor Benefit Plan annuities that hits most military widows at age 62 (previous item). The DoD paper rejects three aspects of the inequities that retiree groups insist are true: (1) that from the late 1970s to early 1980s, retirees were not informed about the SBP cut; (2) that the government is no longer subsidizing the program at a promised 40 percent; and (3) that military SBP is inequitable compared to federal civilian survivor benefits that don