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    I Was Wounded in Iraq. Vets Like Me Aren’t Getting Our Full Retirement Pay and Congress Won’t Act.

    I Was Wounded in Iraq. Vets Like Me Aren't Getting Our Full Retirement Pay and Congress Won't Act.

    The opinions expressed in this op-ed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of .com. If you would like to submit your own commentary, please send your article to opinions@military.com for consideration.

    The men and women who willingly put themselves in harm's way by serving in the military do so knowing that they may be severely wounded or even killed. They are all aware. There is a theme in the military that we take care of our own and that no one gets left behind. These are creeds that we by. If someone falls in battle, you get them out.

    This mindset is how we can muster up the courage, tighten our chin strap, and charge into combat knowing we might not come home. And yet, some 50,000 veterans who are medically retired from combat and have less than 20 years of service have been left behind by our country and forced to sacrifice yet again. This time, not in the sense of battle, but in the form of reduced monetary benefits.

    Currently, service members who are medically retired with less than 20 years of service are forced to offset their retirement pay with their Department of Veterans Affairs pay. In most cases, VA disability compensation pay is higher than retirement pay, especially if the service member is a lower enlisted rank. This causes a large percentage of combat-wounded veterans to sacrifice their retirement so they can collect their VA pay. The only way they can recoup some…

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