For an upcoming story, News-Democrat reporter Mike Fitzgerald wants to talk to retired military veterans who will be affected by cuts in cost of living increases planned for their pensions under the recently passed 2014 federal budget.
Fitzgerald can be reached by calling him at 239-2533 or sending him an email at email@example.com.
The budget deal, which the U.S. Senate passed Wednesday, will reduce the cost-of-living adjustment for military pensions to 1 percentage point below the change in the Consumer Price Index. The provision aims to save nearly $6 billion over 10 years. The measure targets retirees who left the service after 20 years and who are under the age of 62.