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America's Veterans

On June 6, 1956, recruiting promises of lifetime medical care for military retirees and families were changed by law to space available care. Retired Air Force Col. Bud Day's Class Act Group unsuccessfully petitioned the courts for redress for members who had entered the service before that date. Although a federal appeals court sympathized, it concluded that the issue was one for Congress rather than the courts. Consequently, the new Keep Our Promise to America's Military Retirees Act would waive Medicare Part B premiums for retirees and spouses who began service before June 7, 1956. The bill also would open up the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan to military retirees and their families. In addition, Tricare beneficiaries in nursing homes who do not have access to a retail pharmacy would pay no more than Tricare network rates for their pharmacy services.