The Uniformed Services Former
Spouses Protection Act and You!
you know that the inequities of the Uniformed Services Former Spouses
Protection Act (USFSPA) will continue to persist so long
- Divorced military
veterans are not being provided the same protection under law as
are their civilian contemporaries? Both members of military
marriages are not being treated fairly and equitably in divorce
- The ex-spouse groups
continue to retain an agenda of 17 'fixes' to the USFSPA to
further unbalance it in their favor?
- Congress refuses to
amend the USFSPA to terminate payments upon remarriage of the
benefiting ex-spouse, eliminate the "windfall benefit", and add a
statute of limitations - while unconcernedly continuing to add the
additional burdens of legislation enacted without public hearing
- Members of Congress
continue to be intimidated by the feminist voting
- The IRS continues to
tax, as income, retirement pay reclassified, by the federal
government, as property?
- Military people are
being treated differently, in divorce court, from other federal
employees (e.g., the Foreign Service and the CIA) and, for that
matter, all other US citizens?
- The USFSPA permits the
contemporaneous award of retirement pay as marital property,
alimony, and child support which can aggregate to
- The government
continues to renege on providing retirement benefits promised to
military members at the time of enlistment?
- No consideration at all
is given to the disparities in financial circumstances between
enlisted and officer personnel which are aggravated by the
- The military member is
being treated, under federal law, as always 'wearing the black
hat' in a divorce action while it is assumed that there are
no miscreant wives?
- Loopholes exist which
eliminate the protection of disability pay embodied in the
- USFSPA beneficiaries
(viz. ex-spouses) who are 'in the catbird seat' with no reason to
make concessions, refuse to compromise in the interests of
fairness and equity for both sides?
- Traditional male
gallantry fails to produce a large enough number of female victims
of the USFSPA to generate a feminist groundswell for a fair
and equitable USFSPA?
- The nation fails to
upgrade and update its appreciation of the economic and political
gains realized by women since 1982, and the suitability of the
USFSPA as a tool for guaranteeing the protection of the modern day
spouse of a military member?
- Military members
impacted by the USFSPA fail to get personally involved in
the political process of reforming the USFSPA?
Last updated 15 February 2003
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