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Compensation commission sets first public hearings

Oct. 25, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
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The congressionally-mandated commission that is reviewing military compensation and retirement will hold its first public hearings and town hall meetings Nov. 4 and 5 in the Washington, D.C., area.

The nine-member Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission also is accepting comments from the public on its website.

The hearing on Monday, Nov. 4, will feature family support organizations in the morning, beginning at 9 a.m. At 12:30 p.m., wounded service member support organizations will provide information.

The town hall meeting starts at 7 p.m., and commission members hope to hear a broad range of issues, said Jamie Graybeal, spokesman for the commission. Both events will be held at the Wounded Warrior Transition Unit, 5940 9th Street, Fort Belvoir, Va.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington, Va., commissioners will hear from the Military Coalition, military and veteran service organizations, and researchers and academics. The town hall meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the same location.

The commissionís mandate is to examine every policy and practice of the federal government that results in any direct payment of authorized or taxpayer funds to current and former service members.

The Secretary of Defense will submit recommendations on the modernization of the military compensation and retirement systems to the commission and to Congress.

The commission will submit a report to the White House with its findings and conclusions, along with legislative language to implement its recommendations, by May 1, 2014.

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