U.S. Service Members Suffer Under Biden
The Department of Defense (DOD) recently announced that they will be taking away cost-of-living allowances to troops for the new year which will result in thousands of U.S. service members to no longer have their stipend.
According to American Military News, the Defense Department stated they will pay out $8.5 million to 6,000 troops stationed within the Continental United States next year. They further claimed that recipients live in “expensive” cities such as New York City, Long Island and Staten Island in New York; Nantucket, Mass.; Boulder, Colo.; and San Francisco, Calif.
After making revisions to their policy, the new list will exclude money to those who live in 15 cities and 21 non-metropolitan counties from the list of qualifying locations. That means over 48,000 troops will no longer receive their regular stipend.
The Pentagon further explained that the stipend was a supplemental allowance “designed to help offset higher prices in the highest-cost locations.”
In an announcement they explained, “By law, a contractor provides the Department civilian cost data from each military housing area (MHA) and non-MHA for the following categories: transportation, goods and services, federal income taxes, sales taxes, and miscellaneous expenses. Data is adjusted to account for the amount of Basic Allowance for Subsistence, an allowance meant to offset the costs for a member’s meals, and for cost savings gained from shopping at commissaries and exchanges.”