Bush Praises Military Personnel while DOD Tries to Cut Pay for Those
in Iraq and Afghanistan
Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released
a letter responding to news reports that the Department of Defense
is trying to cut the pay for military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The news comes on the same day that President Bush is at Miramar
Marine Corps Air Station in California praising our troops.
the Bush Administrations rhetoric doesnt match the reality
of Americas men and women in uniform," Pelosi said. "The
very same day the President is addressing our troops in California,
his Defense Department is trying to cut the pay of military personnel
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Below is the complete text of the letter:
reports indicate that, in addition to the many dangers our forces
are facing in Iraq and Afghanistan, they will soon confront a loss
of income. Let me be clear: it is unacceptable to decrease separation
allowances and imminent danger pay for our troops.
It is also
my understanding that the Department of Defense opposes any effort
to extend or make permanent the increases Congress provided in these
areas earlier this year. If true, the Departments position
personnel make substantial sacrifices every day in their service
around the world, often under conditions of extreme danger. Their
families share in those sacrifices. We have a responsibility to
make sure that they receive the support they need, including levels
of compensation that reflect the depth of their service. Imminent
danger pay and separation allowances should reflect the realities
faced by military personnel and their families. These realities
amply justify making certain that there are no reductions in these
forms of compensation.
I urge your
prompt personal review of this matter. We must ensure that the men
and women of our armed forces, and their families, do not see their
pay cut at a time when they are giving so much to our country.