When Will the Army Pay Retirement?

This is a short post, and I beg your indulgence for straying from the topic of knitting. My husband was recently on active duty for a couple years and passed his mandatory retirement age. So, he was “retired”.

Here we are, 4 months later, and he still has not received his orders. He still is not receiving his pension. He cannot drill because he is past the mandatory retirement age, nor can he volunteer to be on active duty. No orders have been cut.

When he first came home there was a back and forth between his original home unit and one in San Francisco as to who owned him and who was responsible to cut his orders. That took some time to track down. Oh yes, it was his original home unit.

Then someone told him he had to fill out a form so they could have proof he was eligible to retire. Hmmm, they should have known that. It was the Army who mandated his retirement after all. They had to get that information somewhere. Presumably the clerk in Indianapolis would have access to the same information.

He had his packet started and lost, started and re-done, and done again.

I am beginning to wonder just what it will take to get that several months back pay the government now owes us. Without interest.

We have contacted our Senator’s office three times. And the word from the individual working on his packet in the Army, as of today is: “Sir, I am going to start your packet over again and do it from scratch because of the problems with your packet”.

Which means probably another month.

Did I mention that there are liaisons that handle problems like this? Scary isn’t it, as that would indicate that this happens too frequently.

I have some sort of hope though I know it is not likely, that this story will go viral. It is shabby treatment of anyone who has served our country to have to repeatedly fill out paperwork that is already in the hands of those who control their pension, and wait months on end for income that they have worked hard for.

Peace and Knitting, JoLene Treace


4 Responses to “When Will the Army Pay Retirement?”

  1. Kathy Says:

    I hope this situation is resolved for you very soon. I wonder whether Consumerist might be able to help. Their e-mail is tips@consumerist.com. Their phone is 347-422-6695. I read their blog everyday and they seem to help a lot of people.

  2. Gillian Says:

    This Army thing is wrong. They should automatically give you a monthly pay advance until it’s sorted out. Let us know when it’s solved!

  3. Enjay Says:

    Unfortunately this happens far too often. Have you talked to JAG? They helped my husband when there was problems with his paperwork, although it took a long time and a lot of daily effort riding people to get things sorted.
    So sorry to hear that you’re caught in the meat grinder too.

  4. carol johnson Says:

    i wish you luck… sortof same thing happened to me… enuf with war lies tho… i just feel for you. check out ALL of you benifits this year… dental, medical, and whatelse hes got….. bless you and your husband…. a military career is noble and reflects on the patriotism of both you and your husband!

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