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Frank

As a retired military member I would have to disagree with your definition of retired/retainer pay. Military members do not make any monetary contribution to retired pay nor does the government. A military member must serve 20 years to be eligible to recieve pay, one day less 20 years, not eligible for retired/retainer pay. A military member is subject to recall, UCMJ, employment restrictions, citizenship, free from criminal convictions to remain eligible for retired /retainer pay. The former spouse is not legally or morally obligated to any of these restrictions to recieve a portion of the military members retired pay for life. A former spouse can remarry multiple military members for multiple "lifetime" retired pay awards regardless of lenghth of marriage, merit or circumstance. Former spouses can be incarcerated and still recieve payments. Military retired/retainer pay is reduced pay for continued reduced services. No Qualified Domestic Relations Order is required because it is a federal entitlement and NOT a qualified pension plan as per DFAS. Military retired pay cannot be passed on to heirs like property, disposed of, bartered, traded, sold. When a former spouse dies, payments revert back to the military member. How is that property? When the military member dies all payments cease. Morally and legally I can not understand why a military member should support a former spouse and their new spouse and family for life. It's just wrong. I invite you to visit www.ulsg.org .

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