Referred to as America’s military unions by some, and its military mafias by others, the Military Coalition combines more than 30 military and veterans associations into a unified lobbying bloc that holds great sway on Capitol Hill on matters regarding military pay, benefits and career matters. Representing millions of active, reserve, Guard, veterans, retirees and family members, the Coalition wields extraordinary influence. Through most of the past dozen years of war, its clout was nearly unparalleled, driven by a common belief that all military benefits were earned, and that to dial back on any is to break faith with all. Still, pressure is mounting for reforms to generous war-time beneifts, and the fact that the Ryan-Murray budget deal included a cut to the cost of living adjustment for working-age military retirees may indicate the coalition’s power is beginning to wane.
Veterans Money Congress