Alaska senators urge Obama to reconsider militia stance
The Associated Press
Published: October 1st, 2009 09:51 AM
Last Modified: October 1st, 2009 10:02 AM
Alaska's U.S. senators today called on the Obama administration to reconsider its objection to federal retirement pay for World War II veterans who patrolled Alaska when it was a territory.
Sens. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, and Mark Begich, a Democrat, urged the administration in Senate floor speeches today to change its stance on a provision they inserted in the 2010 Senate Defense Bill to restore pay for 26 elderly members of the Alaska Territorial Guard. Begich said one of the veterans died this week, leaving 25.
Answer by gdiamante at 1:14 AM on Oct. 2, 2009
Cont'd. The pay was reduced in January after a law passed by Congress in 2000 was reinterpreted to no longer recognize the guard's service as federal active duty. The administration says the action would establish a precedent of treating service by state employee.
For starters, Alaska was not a state during WW II. Alaska just hit its 50th anniversary of statehood. These men fought bravely for a country that took treated them as second class citizens. Alaska was attacked by the Japanese in WW II. Most history books do not discuss the battle at Attu. How could they deny these now 25 elderly men their benefits by taking them away? I want to see Obama fix this immediately!
Answer by FL2AK at 1:16 AM on Oct. 2, 2009
I hope he does. He will definitely get praise from me if he does! fingers crossed!
Answer by Crissy1213 at 2:05 AM on Oct. 2, 2009
I won't hold my breath. BO has made it pretty evident that he has absolutely no respect or concern for our military.
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