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Re: SS overflow, change the law

A person  cannot collect military and government  pensions.  They take away 
one or the other.  My dad retired from the  military as a commissioned officer 
with over 20 years, then went to work for the  Govt. and retired with a high 
GS rating, with more than 20 years again.  He  was not able to collect both. It 
hasn't been easy on mom since his death  with collecting Social Security.   
However, if a military retiree goes  to work for a civilian company or State 
govt. that is different, they can  collect both.  They paid their time and 
retired though....I do not see why  they should not be able to.  
 Plus the Govt. has a racket going on with SBP (Survivor Benefit  
Plan)....many of those in the military paid in for years, even after retirement,  it is 
automatically taken out from their retirement.......only to find that they  are 
now cutting the SBP, and you cannot get both....SBP and SS.  Not only  that, 
but the SBP was less than what they paid in a month.   If  you opt out, you do 
not get your money back.  At the time, the military had  no choice to join 
this program.  Dh is in the same boat now.
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 10/5/2006 11:02:55 AM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

I doubt  it, but. The general public has always resented public employees 
and see  them as loaded up on benefits and pay they can not have. Nothing 
further  from the truth, but ...... Double dipping... retiring from the 
military  with one pension and still being young enough to retire from 
another  government job has always been resented and the employees seen as 
rich at  the public expense.

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