World War II Alaska Militia Veterans Lose Retirement Pay

Veterans of the WWII Alaska Militia will no longer continue to receive retirement pay from the military unless they spent enough time in the military outside their time in the militia to qualify for benefits.

The WWII Alaska Militia was an all-volunteer, unpaid militia created to guard Alaska from the threat of a Japanese attack. From 1942 to 1947 the militia scouted patrols, built military airstrips and performed other duties.

Twenty-six veterans will lose their retirement pay beginning on February 1. The income lost is as high as $557 a month. Another 37 applications for retirement pay have been suspended.

Gov. Sarah Palin, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski and Alaska Senator Mark Begich are working on restoring the retirement pay to the veterans.

An Army official stated that they are simply following the law, which had been misinterpreted. The veterans will continue to receive other military benefits just not retirement pay. The government will not require the veterans to return the pay that they have already received over about the last ten years.

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