VA Services and Retirement
Reform Tricare for Life
Tricare costs the Pentagon over $50 billion per year providing almost free healthcare to all military retirees and their families for life, and costs are expected to climb up to $65 billion annually. Minor adjustments to fee scales for these services would help to slow the cost explosion that the VA is expected to have in the next decade. Recent proposals, for instance, have suggested raising costs by $2.50 per month for individuals or $5 a month for families. While the plan overall remains contentious, there has been consensus among veterans' advocates to tie future increases to the rate of inflation – and an understanding from Pentagon leadership that the current path and balance sheets are unsustainable.