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Cutting Benefits: Washington’s New Way to Thank Veterans for Their Service
Posted By Josh Rosenblum On March 22, 2013 @ 4:30 pm In Where We Stand | Comments Disabled
This week AARP highlights the financial losses veterans would face if a COLA cut known as Chained or Superlative CPI ever became law. It seemed unlikely that after setting such a different agenda, rumors would still persist that the President wants to cut benefits for children, veterans, people with disabilities, widows, and older Americans in his budget. If the President also thinks that making such a proposal doesn’t doom his chances to win the House back from GOP control, we all may get to see the result of a proposal that makes drastic cuts to veterans’ benefits-no way to thank them for their service to our nation. Tom Tarantino, from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) may put it best when he says “Don’t go to the people who have sacrificed the most for this country because it’s a slap in the face.”
Tom Tarantino of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) talks about the Chained CPI and how it would be a slap in the face to veterans who have sacrificed and earned their benefits:
Not mentioned in a recent spate of generational warfare columns from billionaires and their affiliates is the fact that that about 4.4 million children receive Social Security benefits because one or both of their parents are disabled, retired or deceased, according to the Social Security Administration. Those benefits help provide necessities of life for family members and help to make it possible for those children to complete high school. When a parent becomes disabled or dies, Social Security benefits help to stabilize the family’s financial future.
Some of these children have parents who passed away or now have a disability resulting from their service to our country in uniform. These children and the people who look after them, whether it’s their parents, grandparents or someone else in their lives, would suffer under the COLA cut known as chained CPI.
Neither the Republican House budget nor the Senate Democratic budget have Chained or Superlative CPI in them. If the President decides he needs to add it to his budget, any Washington politician affiliated with his budget might see a grandfather whose son or daughter died while serving our country, a spouse whose husband or wife is disabled and who stands to lose benefits, or a child who lost a parent that served in a campaign ad tying them to the President’s Social Security cutting budget proposal. The Obama administration has pushed back by saying that they’d exempt some from cuts, but they haven’t specifically identified who would receive an exemption.
Social Security by law is not part of the deficit. By putting it in the deficit debate, the President has not made a “difficult” or “tough” decision, he has made a bad one that endangers the brave men and women who serve or served our country and their families.
Sam Lyles, a 27-year Army veteran from Tennessee, shares the impact on veterans that changing the way cost of living is calculated for retirement benefits:
Below are AARP’s Top 5 reasons why the chained CPI is bad policy for veterans:
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