More Wars, Less Veterans Benefits
Seems like a week can’t go by without hearing some new deficit reduction plan with veterans’ benefits in the crosshairs of politicians. All the while, these same politicians appear more than willing for us to “help liberate” one oil country after another. Conflicts like these are great for making headlines and disabled veterans, but they also take from the limited tax dollars needed to care for veterans after the conflicts end.
Recently, Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann backed off her plan to cut $4.5 billion of federal veterans’ benefits. But, Wisconsin’s famous Governor, Scott Walker, is looking to cut state funds for homeless veterans by 53 percent and overall benefits by over $30 million.
Texas is proposing a 20 percent cut for the Texas Veterans Commission(TVC), totaling over $3 million of their current $14 million budget. TVC filed over 170,000 veterans’ claims that resulted in over $2 billion being paid out by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This cutback could result in a loss or delay of $760 million in veterans’ benefits and a loss in state sales tax revenue of more than $26 million.
California Governor Jerry Brown recently proposed a $10 million cut for another agency that helps returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in acquiring federal VA benefits. According to lobbyist Pete Conaty, for every $1 spent to get a veteran his or her benefits, the veteran receives $100 in benefits. This is money that stays in the local economy where the veteran lives. It doesn’t go to foreign aid or to some Wall Street bank. It goes to the veteran’s local hardware store or coffee shop, wherever she spends her money.
Perspective. In California, 30,000 veterans return to civilian life every year, many of them with injuries and questions about their benefits. Prior to the current wars, veterans had a 10-day wait to talk with a benefits counselor in person. Now, it takes 6 to 8 weeks for an appointment. With these cuts, that delay could be even longer. States with similar cuts will impact veterans everywhere. But, what makes no sense is, that by cutting the up front money, these same states could lose even more millions in tax revenue.
But this all may make sense on a broader spectrum, even though the logic is skewed. There seems to be a recent political trend to cut federal benefits for everyone. Unfortunately, as in Texas, veterans benefits programs are being cut at a disproportionate rate within the state governments. When attempts to cut veterans’ benefits show to be unpopular on the national front, political parties appear to be turning to the states to make up the difference. Either way you skin the cat, the Department of Veterans Affairs could be paying out less money in benefits to veterans who are truly entitled to them over the long term.
IM a Vet. I been rated at a 100% but I receive 800$ a month. I love people why would the government do me like this. IM hurt I can’t work. My medication make me tired and IM not focused. Why cut our Benifits. When our friends are dead some of us have children. I was rated permanent total now you say cut his check. Have we forgot how many died I didn’t want to go to Iraq but I did. People died every day IM lucky to be living IM scared all the time I will kill I have before the government traind me. I don’t want that. Why take our money I can’t be cum in ertain citation. IM scared why make me work I can’t because the first time IM mad IM killing everything even women that’s the way I was trained. We got mad at terrorist I’ll get mad at you. Don’t even concider cutting off our money. I will Chang I will kill I will rob I will steal. Just to survive. Love the vets we loved our country love us. I went days even weeks eating mre’s make me kill to survive I will you mad at us make us mad. I am a x marine with a purple heart and two combat action ribbons. I can’t kill the US but I will try. Love me talk to me help me I gave when I have nothing. I give some of my food stamps to the less fortunate. And you all think about taking my Benifits I will kill. There are people that are stupid and sell there food stamps. Not me I need them. I need everything you all will give. I love the US but we can be awholes. Stand up for us. United we stand divided we fall. Where is the love. F theses ignorant people who make it hard on us . Read this need to be heard. I faught I killed for us don’t hurt me help me. I have a child. I have a girlfriend with twin girls she is a good girl. I lose her I will rob,steal,and kill don’t do this call and talk to me let me know IM ok cause you all said IM permanent and total and I receive ssi I need it why take. Don’t kill me. Take my money and you will. Stand America. IM not oveseas anymore love me while IM hear. If die it will be for my family and future vets. Don’t make me snap. Please help. I take my medication without it I am very scarry I only like tfeeo be around white and black people. There or people that misuse the system that is wrong but what about the people that really need government assistant stop making easy for check there background interview them for real cause will beat the system if the can. Use this message to help a disable person not only vets we need help. Help us. Just do thera back ground check before you say approved don’t kill the ones that need help. My medicines comes in the mail would you take that to. Let’s just love and care. Background check people good stop saying approve. People get food stamps and sell them that is dumb but I need more. God a fix it. I love this country love me. I need my Benifits. Background check these people good check. Jesus love us I will be ok but IM dagerus I can’t even own a gun why I know how to use it the government taught me that. Lock me up or take care of me. I need my Benifits. IM completely gone. I will never be the same I seen death I saw Iraqi people they seem cool but they crazy. They me with kind of nerve agent I use my fads mask to survive can you say that. I seen a child with a ak47 I cried at might knowing I was going to die but God said no and I thank him take my Benifits and I will make the news I promise. Remember me my name is Ryan Agustus Robinson my is 2568721183 just call me I will show you first hand it’s hard for a Vet and IM a 100% it’s hard. Love us help a Vet today not tomorrow it might be to late help us please!
maybe the politicians and there cronies should take a significant cut in their benefits and wages to help balance the budget
As a veteran waiting these past 12 years for my benefits, I have been denied over and over for evidence they say they can’t find but is readily visible within my records. It took my contacting my congressman for a third look and now that’s been done several months ago, I am still waiting…to hear that our benefits are dwindling with each passing day is disheartening beyond belief. These would allow me to gain much needed health care, housing…..not to mention the fact that those extra funds would help oil the cogs of my community and our economy.
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