President Trump brought Christmas early to members of the military, announcing he would be giving them a pay increase of more than three percent.
The pay raise is the third raise Trump has given to military service members, one each of the last three years.
“Your incredible contributions to our Nation are why I am proud to inform you that I recently signed into law major improvements to the compensation and benefits for Federal Employees as part of the 2020 National Defense Reauthorization Act,” he wrote in a public letter posted on his Twitter, as BizPac Review reports.
“Starting January 1, 2020, each service member will see their PAY INCREASE by 3.1 percent — the largest raise for our Military in more than 10 years,” he continued in the letter.
“While previous administrations allowed Military pay to stagnate, my Administration has secured pay raises for our Troops in each of the past 3 years — every year of my Presidency. This is unprecedented,” the president wrote.
To The Extraordinary Men and Women of the United States Military: pic.twitter.com/luDyPVKgfY
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2019
BizPac Review reports Trump increased military pay each of the last three years by 3 percent or more. Each of these raises outshine the 1 percent raises former President Obama doled out.
“President Obama used the power granted to him by section 1009(e), Title 37 of the U.S. Code to cap military pay increases at a maximum of 1 to 1.3% for the years 2014 through 2016,” fact-checking website Snopes reports, per BizPac Review.
In addition to the pay raise, Trump also announced he was putting an end to the “Widow’s Tax.”
“According to retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Tom Jurkowsky of the Military Officers Association of America, [the “Widow’s Tax”] is a four-decades-old law that essentially makes the surviving family members of a deceased service member sacrifice some of their owed annuity,” BizPac Review reports.
“[S]urvivors of deceased service members who died as a result of military operations or service-connected causes are required to forfeit part or all of an annuity — referred to as the Survivor Benefit Plan, or SBP — which their service member purchased as a life insurance-type of policy,” he wrote in a column earlier this year.
“These survivors sacrifice part or all of the annuity because Congress mandated an offset from a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) compensation for which survivors also are eligible, based on the service member’s cause of death.”
President Donald Trump signs the National Defense Authorization Act, creating the Space Force branch of the U.S. military and providing paid family leave for federal workers pic.twitter.com/ujLe7S2EES
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 21, 2019