Officials: Better retirement deserved

By Tom Philpott

Reserve and National Guard members deserve a better retirement plan, one that pays an annuity earlier than age 60 at least for those willing to serve longer than 20 years. That’s what Reserve leaders have told Congress.
Reservists might deserve extended health care coverage too, also in recognition of their full operational role in Iraq, Afghanistan and future wars, said some reserve component commanders who testified last week before the House armed services subcommittee on military personnel.
“My soldiers … are proud of what they’re doing,” said Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief of Army Reserve.