Skip to comments.UPDATE ON DISABLED VETS SCREW JOB
Posted on 06/21/2002 10:33:22 AM PDT by advocate10
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I am writing to urge you not to veto the FY 2003 Defense Authorization Bill over Congress' support for concurrent receipt of military retired pay and VA disability compensation. Military retired pay and veterans' disability compensation are two entirely different things. Each is earned in its own right--retired pay for a career of arduous service and disability compensation for the pain and suffering, and lost future earnings, resulting from service-connected disabilities. In many cases, military members with decades of service must forfeit most or all of their earned retired pay to receive the same disability compensation paid to a similarly disabled member with just a few years of service. 90% of House members and 83% of senators recognize the right answer and have made it a national priority to fix this major inequity. In this time of heightened national awareness of the sacrifices inherent in military service, I cannot conceive that you would veto the defense bill for the express purpose of denying disabled military retirees their earned retired pay. I urge you most strongly to ignore any such misguided advice and to help bring closure to the great disservice our disabled military retirees now suffer. Sincerely,
You can do the same though the DAV at Disabled American Veterans
Press the Go button in the TAKE ACTION NOW box.
A phone call is worth many emails so I've been told.
Give GWB a call and let him know you support Retired Disabled Vet and for that matter all vets.
Before I put the gas can down and let the flames ignite, I better remind everyone that this anniegetyourgun started a "Complement Week" thread this morning so that we could be nice to each other.
The Retired Military are the only people who pay their own disability; my DOD Civil Service coworkers who served a few years draw both their full Civil Service Pay Checks and their VA Disability and have the nerve to think a Retiree is double dipping.... I sometimes feel that it would be only fair to endorse taking Civil Servant's pay to offset their VA Disability Compensation just to shut them up.
I guess he is just another candidate who will say anything to get elected!
Am I disappointed in him?!
What if you put in your 20 years at the Ulcer Factory in your town? You had retirement benifits earned with a potential to work another 20-30 years but an injury disabled you at 20 years to where you could not work those remaining 20-30 years either at the Ulcer Factory or the Heartburn plant across the road. Now do you think it is right for your pay to stop and for you be told to live on the 20 year retirement pay at the Ulcer Plant? Especially when you had the potential to earn 20-30 years more wages there or elsewhere? That's what this is about. Military Retirement like any other retirement is a condition of employment.
Disability payments are not retirement benifits but disability benifits. It's not double dipping by any means. They like you have paid for their Socical Security dues and disability coverage in case this unfortunate event should occur.
Any Pubbie running will feel the pain.
You said: Now do you think it is right for your pay to stop and for you be told to live on the 20 year retirement pay at the Ulcer Plant? Especially when you had the potential to earn 20-30 years more wages there or elsewhere? That's what this is about
Even if the 60% limitation were put in place, that does not mean that a vet eligible for both retirment and disability benefits will not also find good work. If this was really just about vets who can no longer work then Congress then I would agree with you. Congress should write a bill that fixes that problem rather than throwing together two programs that were specifically designed to have an offset.
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