Vfw Applauds Disability Benefits Commission Report

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  1. DonaldN

    DonaldN New Member

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    VFW APPLAUDS DISABILITY BENEFITS COMMISSION REPORT

    WASHINGTON (Oct. 4, 2007) – The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is applauding the 13 members of the Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission for keeping a promise to make the system better for disabled veterans, servicemembers and their families. The commission unveiled their 562-page report yesterday after more than two years of research and interviews.

    VFW Commander-in-Chief George Lisicki, a Vietnam veteran from Carteret, N.J., said that some in the veterans' community were initially skeptical because they thought the commission was formed to cut programs and benefits. "But there is no doubt from the report that the skeptics were wrong," he said. "The commission kept its promise to care for those who have borne the battle."

    The commission report includes 113 recommendations, 14 of which were considered to be priorities. These recommendations would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to create a permanent committee to regularly update the rating schedule that guides the VA's evaluation of service-connected disabilities, especially where it concerns traumatic brain injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, and other mental or neurological injuries or diseases. The commission said the rating schedule revision is needed to include compensation for the impact a service-connected disability has on an individual's quality of life, something current law provides only to the most seriously disabled.

    Also recommended was the elimination of the ban on concurrent receipt for all military retirees and those who are medically-separated before reaching the 20-year retirement point, as well as ending the offset that currently prevents survivors of veterans who die on active-duty or as the result of service-connected disabilities from collecting both their Defense Department Survivor Benefit Plan payment and VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation. Other priorities address a reduction in the VA claims backlog and adjudication cycle, the creation of a standard disability rating examination, the seamless transition of electronic medical records between DOD and VA, and the creation of a co-chaired VA-DOD oversight group to implement the commission's recommendations.

    Lisicki said this is the third commission to file a report this year that addresses how the nation treats and compensates its disabled veterans and servicemembers. "But this one is different, because it wasn't established in response to the substandard outpatient housing debacle at Walter Reed Army Medical Center," he explained.

    "The Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission was created by the 2004 defense authorization bill to examine the disability benefits system. This report is much more thorough, and for that reason, it must carry more weight within the administration and Congress."

    The VFW national commander now wants his organization to participate in the VA-DOD oversight group that was recommended to examine and implement the commission's 113 proposals.

    "Veterans organizations must have a seat at the table if we're to make the system better for everyone involved," said Lisicki, who leads the nation's oldest major veterans' organization and its largest organization of combat veterans.

    "The VFW has a vested interest in ensuring these recommendations become reality."

    To view the commission's 18-page executive summary and full report, go to: http://www.vetscommission.org/reports.asp
  2. TinCanMan

    TinCanMan Active Member

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    Well, isn't that just special. The VFW, fresh from 2 years of heaping grief and ridicule on Boosh/Rummy for attempting to screw over veterans and pay for the war on their backs by cutting benefits. Well, dontjajustno, now that the results turn out to be exactly opposite of what VFW's doom and gloomers predicted, they're on board with this .AND. they want in. Whoodathunkit!! One wonders whether Boosh/Rummy will get an iota of credit. Waddayouthink? Naah, no hatchi GI.

    Now this from that same self-serving ol' boy drinking club that thought Nam vets weren't really war veterans and didn't meet their high standards of membershit. Until, of course, they realized their WWII drinking buddies were mostly pushing up daisies and their revenue source was taking a nose dive.

    Personally, I can't imagine why any Nam vet would even consider membership in VFW.
  3. DonaldN

    DonaldN New Member

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    "Personally, I can't imagine why any Nam vet would even consider membership in VFW."

    The drinks are cheap!!!!!

    DonaldN
    Semper Fi
  4. knewheart

    knewheart Active Member

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    The bar is open on Sundays.

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