The executive committee of the San Antonio Retired Officers Association, headed by Gen. William P. Simpson, USA, (retired), recently sent telegrams to the Democratic and Republican nominees for President, seeking to enlist their assistance in securing enactment of the Retired Pay Recomputation Act (H.R. 11318).
We are gratified at being able to report this highly important development, the significance of which is obvious.
The verbatim responses of the two presidential candidates, which speak for themselves, read as follows
"In response to your telegram I want you and those for whom you speak to know that I am deeply concerned over the inequity done many thousands of our devoted retired service personnel in the Military Pay Act of 1958. I therefore support the objective of House-passed bill H.R.11318 which would equalize the pay of military personnel retired prior to June 1, 1958, with those retired thereafter. I believe firmly in the principle of equal pay for equal service and equal merit and I shall continue to exert my best effort in that direction.
VICE PRESIDENT NIXON
"I am wholeheartedly in agreement with your contention which is vigorously supported by President Eisenhower that the Congress should at once correct the unjust pay discrimination against military personnel who were retired prior to June 1, 1958. My feeling is that this legislation should have been passed many months ago. I have believed that the Congress would surely not perpetuate the unfair treatment of this group while it leisurely reexamines the whole complicated service retirement problem. Now, however, as you point out adjournment seems near at hand and yet Senate action on this legislation is still not scheduled. I am urging the majority and minority leaders of the Senate to see that this injustice is remedied before adjournment and I certainly share your hope that they will respond. I am also sending them your appealing request to me.
" (Signed) RICHARD NIXON."