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New Budget Deal Affects Certain Military Retirees Negatively

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SHARPTOWN, Md - With the new budget deal on President Obama's desk awaiting approval, many changes may be happening to the nation soon.

The new deal will avert government shutdown, as well as improve the economy. However, not everyone will benefit from this new deal. Particularly, retired military veterans. Those who are retired that spent over twenty years of service will have their cost-of-living pension cut by 1%

"It's a sad case when we have gotten to the case where retirees who defended this country and risked their arms and limbs and lives have to give that up," says Ralph Green, a retired Army veteran.

Ralph Cordrey, an Army veteran during the Vietnam War, says that he doesn't believe that it's fair to his fellow brother and sisters who served this country.

"I'm not very happy about it. Cuts can be made elsewhere. I think if you're strong enough and man enough to serve your country, and serve in a combat zone, then by Golly, you deserve whatever you can get,"

Even Salisbury Council President Jake Day says that the Senate made a bad decision regarding the cut to military retirees.

"Now we're not going to take care of them and reduce the benefits to them? While cost of living increases? It doesn't make sense to me," says Day.

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