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  •  Retirement benefits seem to be really flaky (0+ / 0-)

    and/or arbitrary.

    Somehow, some get way more than that (and by way more, it's 4x to 5x more).   I'm mostly familiar with the Vietnam era, it probably has to do with actual combat experience or something like that.

    •  Some of that (5+ / 0-)

      has to do with cola raises over time and the percentage of retirement pay covered by disability. Disability isn't taxed. Until a few years ago all disability was subtracted from retirement pay and paid by the VA. Now anyone with a disability rating of over 30% (I think)no longer has their disability subtracted- it's called concurrent receipt. I have a disability rating of 0%- doesn't happen often. So all of my pay is taxable.
      All in all- I'd say I have been pretty lucky.

      Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause. Mohandas Gandhi

      by onceasgt on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 09:52:55 AM PST

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      •  Yes, disability has a huge role to play (3+ / 0-)
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        for example, my uncle lost ~ 80% hearing in one ear, which according to his lawyer prevents him from working at virtually any job out there.  But yet it does not affect his leisure activities - he's a very, very lucky guy to have  that particular type of disabilty.

        John McCain is another example, his pension is something like $85,000 but he's 100% disabled - which is something you never wish on even your worse enemy . ..

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