Meeting discusses military compensation, retirement

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, center, hosted a town hall meeting on March 13 at the Oahu Veterans Center to discuss matters related to the Military Compensation & Retirement Modernization Commission.

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, center, hosted a town hall meeting on March 13 at the Oahu Veterans Center to discuss matters related to the Military Compensation & Retirement Modernization Commission.

Story and photo by Brandon Bosworth

Assistant Editor, Ho`okele

A town hall meeting was held on March 13 at the Oahu Veterans Center to discuss matters related to the Military Compensation & Retirement Modernization Commission. The meeting was organized by the office of U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, and was a follow-up to an earlier meeting held Feb. 21.

The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) was established in 2013 to conduct a review of military compensation and retirement systems. This January, the MCRMC submitted a report with 15 recommendations for changing and modernizing these systems to Congress and the president. President Barack Obama has until April 1, 2015 to submit documents to Congress and the MCRMC either approving or disapproving these recommendations.

The commission’s report and 15 recommendations may be viewed at http://www.mcrmc.gov/index.php/re ports.

Takai’s office held the March 13 meeting to solicit comment from the community regarding the MCRMC’s proposals.

“This is an important issue,” said Takai. “It affects active duty service members, veterans, as well as those just now entering the military.”

Among those submitting testimony were representatives from the Society of Military Widows, the Military Intelligence Service Veterans Club of Hawaii, and the Military Officers Association of America.

Those wishing to submit written testimony to Takai regarding the MCRMC recommendations can do so via his website, www.takai.house.gov.

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