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Veterans Benefits Up For Elimination

USVCP Staff Writers

December 17, 2018

                 

A newly released report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has once again made several suggestions on reducing the national budget, and some of the budget cuts would affect over 240,000 disabled veterans.  According to many budget pundits, it appears the cuts will take place starting in 2020.

  

The new CBO report proposes dropping over 240,000 disabled veterans from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Individual Unemployability (IU) compensation program by 2020.  The cuts could save $47.6 billion in the next 10 years.

   

The CBO report indicated that eliminating veterans from IU once they reach age 67 would be appropriate and cost-worthy, since those veterans would be eligible for Social Security benefits by that age.  The CBO report also maintains that veterans enrolled in IU currently could remain on IU, but, apply the new mandate for all new recipients who gain IU compensation after December 2019.

   

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

    

 

The CBO report also considers elimination VA compensation for: arteriosclerotic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Crohn’s disease, hemorrhoids, multiple sclerosis (MS), osteoarthritis and uterine fibroids.

   

Another option consider by CBO is to reduce veterans’ disability compensation by 30% once they reach age 67.  The CBO also suggested ending VA payments to veterans with disability ratings of 30% or lower for any condition.

   

Lastly, none of the current CBO suggestions have been approved.  However, inside analysts are certain, some, if not all of the CBO suggestions will be implemented as a means of trimming the budget.

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Ernest Lane, 1/19/19

God, what a terrible idea. It would cut my income by a lot. I'm retired, and the retired pay based on base pay is a joke anyway.

   

Jim King, 1/19/19

The problem with a protest march on Washington maybe distance. I'm on the west coast. Perhaps the most effective way to get the attention of the Senate & Congress is to promise (sell/pay) veteran votes in change for more favorable legislation. But first those votes have to be obtained. How can vets contribute to such a cause? And what formidable nonprofit organization has not burned bridges?

       

William Barr, 1/17/19

The best way to save money is to quit giving it to other countries. Reduce benefits for non-vets in the gov't. The people who paid for our freedoms with there lives and health are not the one's you steal from to give to unworthy crooks and dictators. This will not effect me but we need to stand for our people who will stand up for our freedom. I hear your refuge program has unlimited funds. SGT USMC OLD DISABLED Vietnam vet. Semper Fi.

     

Gary Fox, 1/7/19

I am sure that by now, you politicians have already got the message that we veterans strongly hold objection to being displaced further. You have already heard anger, distrust, and rationale pleading from the band of brothers from the last round of options proposed that would screw many disabled vets. If you are able to push through any of these proposals, suggested, you will inherit a minimum of two out comes, a revolution, and a major victory for the enemies of the United States with out them having to fire a shot.  So think about it politicians , we won't cover your backs again.

    

John Wear, 1/5/19

Our federal government spends billions on supporting so-called "refugees" and other multi-generational welfare grubbers while veterans are singled out. What is wrong with this country?

        

Harry Bowerman, 1/5/19

LONG POST..CALL TO ACTION..
There has been..and is, a continued effort to cut funding and payments to veterans, especially from the Right Wing and Trump administration, ( look up the records for congressional VA proposals from 2014 to present for the facts and those making the proposals,..note the past 2 yrs.),.. all while giving HUGE TAX CUTS to the wealthy and Corporations. Those Tax Cuts equate to TRILLIONS of lost revenue to the treasury.. budget shortfalls & deficits!
--First tax cuts--"Subtotal, Rough Cost of Specific Policies..$5.5 trillion-($3 to $7 trillion-20%)..also this..

-- a proposed 2nd round of cuts--"New estimate: GOP's second tax cuts would add $3.8 trillion to deficit. A second round of proposed Republican tax cuts would add an additional $3.2 trillion to the federal deficit over a decade, according to a new report released by a centrist think-tank.Sep 13, 2018"..these are massive budget shortfalls that Trump and crew created and are now trying to make up for it with MORE cuts to Veterans and others. Yes, the current head of the CBO is a Republican named appointee and crony, sorry if ya don't like it! (Keith Hall-2015 named by the GOP Congress. )
Some common sense trimming could be used, of course, but hardly the broad and sweeping cuts they are proposing, which includes a 2 year cap on PTSD comp., saying it makes the vet "dependent on assistance and saps motivation to get better" ! WHAT? Also cuts for those with "sensory loss"..eyesight and hearing! Hey who needs to see and hear, right?

   

   

  

  

  

  

    

   

    

   

   

  

My fellow Veterans,.. if you are tired of this continued onslaught on our earned and deserved benefits and compensation, I have a proposal...a call to action, so to speak.

  
A fellow Vet has suggested that WE...Veterans..have a protest march on Washington to protest these constant attacks and proposals to CUT our assistance, Compensation, Benefits and pensions. C'mon, they do this while giving HUGE TAX CUTS to those that "need" them the LEAST.

  
I,..We,..propose that we organize a protest march to let congress, the CBO, the administration and Trump know that we are tired of this and will not stand for it any longer.

  
There was a "Women's March" (millions), Pro-Life March, LGBQT March, Anti-Gun March, and many more, all of which generated a pretty large turn out.

  
We are hoping to get about 10,000 ( or more) Vets to march for our benefits, to let congress and the CBO know this is WRONG! Furthermore, it is noted that the Military, Active Duty Personnel and Veterans, thus far, have the support of the majority of the people. We believe that the majority of the people are actually unaware of the MANY cuts being proposed to Veterans services, benefits, pensions and compensation. Would they support THAT?  I have heard many complaints about these proposals at my local VA Hospital and VSO office from other Vets, but the bottom line is.."complaining" won't get a damn thing done..it falls on deaf ears. It is time to DO something...we hope that other vets feel like minded and are willing to DO something,.. like a physical show of force..of numbers.. of Vets, that oppose these constant cuts! Congress and those in positions of "power" need to SEE that we stand together and we are many...and we VOTE!

  
If those other "Marches" and demonstrations can happen..and have an effect...then WHY can't we have a VETERAN'S MARCH as well? This BS effects us ALL and its time to DO something.

    

This post is to get a feel for how many vets would support such a demonstration and possibly attend. If enough vets support this, we will start networking to try and get this off the ground, via VFW, DAV, Foreign Legion, VSOs, etc..

  

Your thoughts on this are vital, so let me know what ya think, give me any ideas you might have as well..criticism/critique included.
Best wishes to you all.

   

Robert & Stacy Little, 1/5/19

Robert & Stacy Little.

  

Jerry Perry, 1/2/19

Quit blaming one party or the other for these cuts its the CBO that needs to quit thinking about these numbers. That being said we signed a blank check to the US Government when we went in. They need to suck up all the pay rasies they give themselfs and take care of us that came back with broken down bodys.

   

Gary Dodds, 1/1/19

The US Goverment could save 10 time that amount of money or even more just by stoping to save the world. Stop sending our people to war.

    

Larry Bales, 1/1/19

Cut all the FREEBEES that our LAW MAKERS (????) get. Set term limit of 12 years, then go home NOT to become LOBBYIST. GET a JOB. NO FREEBEES FOR ILLEGALS.

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

   

   

David Mell, 1/1/19

Spend twenty years of your life....less if you have been injured and discharged....promised every thing and they want to take away little we have...then the fat overweight...overpaid...politicians get exorbitant money...pass themselves eight pay increases in one year....working to hurt the American people.....THIS IS NOT RIGHT FOR ANY VETERAN!

   

Darby Hicks, 1/1/19

Remember all these suggestions are coming at a time when there is a republican president, senate, and house in control. The president wanted to do away with IU two years ago, I know because I have IU and still have anxiety about losing it because someone has to pay for an antiquated ,ceremonial wall.

       

John Maddox, 1/1/19

I am in pain all the time. I don't need my compensation cut. Protect the Veterans first cut foreign aid and wasteful Education dept.

      

John Kenny, 1/1/19

This is typical for these politicians who walk around in custom made suits they don't give a f***- about us veterans.  We need these benefits to get by and we earned them the old fashioned way we riske.

   

Rodger McDonald, 1/1/19

Vote Democrat !!!! Don' let Rich Russian Republicans take our benefits away !!!!

    

Clair Shaffer, 1/1/19

I agree with Charles Graham...

  

Martin Kuettel, 1/1/19

Here we go again! Cutting the budget on the backs of veterans. And the worst part, cutting it on the backs of "disabled" veterans. I believe cutting funding to countries that hate us would be a more sensible way to reduce the budget.

   

Paul Pinkman, 12/31/18

Stop paying our representatives in Congress a full retirements and have them pay for their health benefits, just get a job!

   

Robert Truss, 12/31/18

Are you kidding me? Hearing loss has been at 40% for the last 20+ year's, and a growth inside my heart that it seams that only Military Veterans have, and then Cancer. Had 3 surgeries, and the last was the worse. Took me down for 3+ year's and I lost my motor skills in my right hand. Now I have a joint arthritis in the upper right arm and shoulder where 2 of the cancer surgeries were. So here we go again! Crippled again on the right side. When will it ever end?

       

Mark Wayland, 12/31/18

How about eliminating all benefits for congressmen/women, and all senators once they leave office. No lifetime benefits after serving one or two terms. Then institute term limits and get rid of the dead weight. Congress and the Senate was never supposed to be a lifetime commitment. And why in the hell do these people get to vote for their own pay increase. The whole system is corrupt, save some money, go after those signed on the doted line to protect their sorry rear ends. This is just disgusting.

    

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