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As some of you may heard, there is language in the Senate's version of the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will change the way BAH is received for dual-military married members.  It will be more like the way that Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) is calculated.

"The $602 billion bill would curb the military's Basic Allowance for Housing, or BAH, for new entrants beginning in 2018 by only covering what they actually pay in rent and also reduce the combined value of the benefit received by military couples or roommates, according to text of the legislation."

 

The topic wasn't debated "due to a procedural obstruction from Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican of Utah, who refused to allow a vote on other measures after his proposal to prevent the government from indefinitely detaining American citizens captured on U.S. territory wasn't taken up."

 

No matter what Congress says, this is a targeted cut at an arbitrary segment (dual-military married members) of the military.  In theory, this segment is already saving the military money.  For example, if two military members marry civilians, they would both get the WITH DEPENDENT rate of BAH.  When military members marry each other, only one gets the WITH DEPENDENT rate and the other gets the WITHOUT DEPENDENT rate.  So if WITH is $1K and WITHOUT is $800, then the married civilians people cost the military $2K a month; while the dual military married only cost $1.8K.

Please contact your Senator and/or Congressman to strike down the BAH buts in the 2017 NDAA.

Brandon J

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/06/14/senate-backs-16-troop-pay-raise-bah-cuts-health-care-r...