NH lawmakers applaud change in veterans program

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After getting a request from New Hampshire’s congressional delegation, the government is temporarily suspending a requirement that some veterans repay retirement benefits if they re-enlist.

Members of the military who accept early retirement money but then re-enlist have to repay that money by having it deducted from their pensions.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter intervened after hearing from a Dover man who was losing more than half his monthly pension check. They sponsored a bill to address what they called an unnecessarily harsh repayment formula and asked the Department of Defense’s accounting arm to suspend it.

The accounting office agreed on Thursday, saying the policy would be suspended pending a formal review.

Sen. Judd Gregg and Rep. Paul Hodes are co-sponsors of the legislation.

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