LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT

From Captain Charles W. Northington, USPHS (Ret)
Forwarded by BGen Robert Clements USAF (Ret)

27 April 2005

George W. Bush
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Reference: Funding for TFL taking DOD funds from active duty needs.

Dear Mr. President:

Two of your DOD appointees, Mr. David Chu and Dr. Winkenworder, have been quoted by several reporters, who are usually very reliable, as stating that funding for TFL is taking funds from the DOD budget that are needed for active duty benefits and needs.

I am having great difficulty in understanding how this situation can exist. Especially when current legislation provides for TFL funding to come directly from the Federal Treasury, not the DOD budget.

When TFL was first authorized, the legislation provided for TFL funding for existing beneficiaries be supplied directly from the Federal Treasury, not the DOD budget. That original legislation did leave DOD with the responsibility for the accrual payments for funding TFL benefits to future beneficiaries.

But, NDAA-2005 provided for the funding for future TFL beneficiaries be supplied directly from the Federal Treasury instead of continuing to come from the DOD budget.

Mr. President, if all TFL funding is supplied directly from the Federal Treasury. Why and how is that causing a reduction of funds budgeted for active duty benefits and needs?

Are your appointees, Mr. Chu and Dr. Winkenworder, lying? Or being misquoted? Or is something diabolical going on with TFL funding?

Will you please cause a public clarification of this mess, which is being put on your door step, and with the public blame being placed on military retirees and beneficiaries?

Respectfully,

Charles W. Northington
Captain, USPHS (Ret)