NPR Story
2:00 pm
Sun December 4, 2011

Cuts To Retiree Benefits A Sore Topic For Military

Military benefits for retirees cost the Pentagon more than $50 billion each year. Few in Washington are publicly in favor of cutting those entitlements, even though former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the cost was "eating the Defense Department alive." One former Navy commander, Bryan McGrath, tells weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin he'd be willing to pay more for his benefits. Ex-Marine Corps General Arnold Punaro lays out his case for change; and Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments explains how costs got so out of control.

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