The American Legion slams White House VA Budget

National Commander Charles E. Schmidt of The American Legion expressed extreme disappointment in the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“The administration’s budget for the VA would effectively lower the earnings of our most vulnerable veterans by reducing or eliminating disability payments from veterans who are the most in need,” Schmidt said. “This is absolutely unacceptable to us.”

If approved by Congress, the President’s budget would stop higher disability payments to veterans once they become minimally eligible for Social Security. Veterans currently enrolled in the Individual Unemployability program, which is available to those who cannot work and receive the maximum disability compensation from VA, would see their benefits slashed by nearly two-thirds in some instances.

Another disturbing provision caps working age unemployability at age 62. Schmidt pointed out that many members of Congress continue to work past 70. “This plan breaks faith with veterans,” Schmidt added. “Moreover, it’s an assault on TRICARE benefits, which were earned by veterans who spent decades of their lives serving and defending the Constitution of the United States. We are also alarmed by the cannibalization of services needed for the Choice program. It is a ‘stealth’ privatization attempt which The American Legion fully opposes. Choice should not be advanced to the detriment of cost of living increases for veterans. We hope all veterans, families and supporters of veterans call their elected officials and demand a well-functioning, properly-funded, transparent, and accountable Department of Veterans Affairs, and a Presidential budget that fully supports veterans’ needs.”

With a current membership of 2.2 million wartime veterans, The American Legion, www.legion.org, was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 13,000 posts across the nation.

SOURCE The American Legion

One Response to “The American Legion slams White House VA Budget”

  1. Anthony Midgett June 3, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

    I finally received my unimployabilaty benefits after arguing with theV-A for several years
    I cannot work as a result of my Agent Orange health problems and the V-A finally agreed.
    Now, the Government penny pinchers, who know nothing about what us Veterans have gone through and sacrificed for “them” want to use us as scapegoats for their idea of what is better for them.
    Shame on those who refuse to see the Veterans plight now and those who will serve later.
    To furture military personnel, please keep in mind what our Government policy makers will do to you whenever they want to.
    I have felt and continue to feel it a privilege and honor to have served my Country.
    God bless America and our Service personal

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