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Legion opposes proposal to cut VA spending

Legion opposes proposal to cut VA spending

Responding to a proposal by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) to freeze VA health-care spending and cut veterans disability payments to help reduce federal spending, American Legion National Commander Jimmie L. Foster said his organization steadfastly opposes the initiative.

"It is absurd to suggest such a thing when we are fighting two wars and creating more veterans every day who have served their country honorably and have already earned their benefits," Foster said.

The plan, which proposes to cut a total of $400 billion in federal spending, is derived from an Oct. 28 report from the Heritage Foundation that projects $2.5 billion in savings from a freeze on VA health-care spending increases, and $1.9 billion in savings from scrapping disability payments for veterans already receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) .

Peter Gaytan, executive director of The American Legion's office in Washington, said "Congress must find other ways to reduce federal spending that don't affect veterans benefits and health care.

"The need for high-quality veterans health care certainly isn't decreasing, so the VA budget shouldn't, either. Congress needs to stay focused on providing an adequate budget to care for those who have made sacrifices in Iraq, Afghanistan or in previous wars."

Tim Tetz, legislative director of The American Legion, said the idea of taking SSDI away from veterans receiving disability payments "has been floated before and thankfully defeated every time.

"Why would anyone want to take away disability benefits veterans have already paid for, simply because they have earned additional benefits through their honorable service in the military?"

The American Legion has consistently opposed any attempts by Congress to reduce or eliminate veterans benefits. It considers such benefits as earned and has urged the federal government to find other methods to reduce its expanding budget.

The Legion stands by the sentiments expressed long ago by George Washington: "The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."

"Of all the items in our federal budget that could be drastically cut, or dispensed with altogether, why would a member of Congress think it might be a good idea to take benefits away from those people who protect the very freedoms they operate under?" Foster said.

Foster said he agreed that Congress needs to take decisive action in reducing the federal budget, "but we must be mindful of the sacrifices borne by the men and women who have served and sacrificed in America's armed forces."

 

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rbtech

February 21, 2011 - 4:29pm

I say bring ALL Americans home. Close our borders. We export nothing but products others buy. We send all noncitizens home. Then the billions that are currently being sent out of this country (money supporting the “Wars”) would be available to be spent on our homeless, poverty, unemployed and education. I think that maybe in 10 years we may be in a position to assist other countries. But now let’s talk about cutting my benefits? I am currently 40% and had 2 operations on my lower back (1995 & 2009) which appears to be falling apart. I am preparing to have the cervical spine fused. I currently have all of my lower back fused. I can not work for several reasons. I have problems standing, sitting or walking for extended periods. Plus no one wants to hire a 60 year old with back problems. Yes I enlisted into the US Air Force in 1969; it was either that or be drafted into the US Army. There are others worst off then me, please don’t take away what little we have earned.

rvs44

February 11, 2011 - 12:38pm

Write or E-mail your representative. If you don't know the one in your District, simply Google for your House of Representatives list and enter your zip code with 4 digit extension. A link to your Representative's web site will pop up. Go on and send him a message to oppose Michele Bachmann's proposal.

msronnie7

February 7, 2011 - 8:25pm

As a mother of a 28 year old disabled Iraq veteran who suffers from seizures, PTSD, ADHD, Depression,and also contracted tuberculosis while in Iraq, and who doesn't even receive enough from VA disability and SSI to live on his own(he has lived with us since his discharge in 2005),I think maybe the Senators and Representatives should look at making cuts to their own salaries that on a monthly basis would probably pay 10 - 20 disabled veterans monthly benefits and they don't do even an 1/8 of what our soldiers have done for us. So they need to look at cutting their own salaries and the unnessary spending that they do on a daily basis and they could probably have the countries deficit at a reasonable amount within 5 years, so then they could give our disabled veterans a raise in their disability so they can actually live a decent life without having to depend on other people to help them and have a little dignity for what they have gave us!!!!

scarfdog

February 7, 2011 - 3:33pm

NOW LET ME GET THIS RIGHT YOU WANT TO CUT V.A.& SSDI YET YOU CANT,T PULL HEAD OUT OUT OF YOUR &#@ LONG ENOUGH TO LOOK AT PORK BARREL SPENDING SUCH AS TUNNELS IN FLORIDA SO TURTLES CAN HAVE A BETTER SEX LIFE OR THE SEX LIFE OF FIREFLY,S ALONG WITH METHANE GAS FROM COW,S FLATULATING.LOOK AT THE U.S.P.S.RIGHT NOW THEY HAVE ABOUT 100 FOLK,S 90&OVER DRAWING DISABILITY PAYMENT,S AND 1000,S OVER 70 DOING THE SAME.BY THE WAY IF YOU SERVE ONLY ONE 6YR TERM AS A SENATOR DON,T YOU GET A LIFE TIME PENSION-I MAY BE WRONG THOUGH ON THAT COUNT.I KNOW MOST FOLK,S WHO GET FIRED NOT RE-ELECTED DON,T GET ANY-THING.HOW ABOUT THEIR CADILAC HEATH-CARE THEY GET? CUT THE MONEY WE GIVE TO THE UNITED NATION,S AS I AM QUITE SURE THEY SPREAD IT TO COUNTRIES THAT HATE US,AND WHY DID WE 350 BILLION TO EUROPE WITH THE STIMULUS PAYMENTS,I COULD GO ON AND ON BUT I AM RUNNING OUT OF ROOM F-4 CREW CHIEF NAM

done it also

February 6, 2011 - 2:11pm

The witch has backed off. To much pressure. Just goes to show what can be done when the Vet outfits lead the way.

Freeway

February 5, 2011 - 8:27pm

Now that WE Veterans have expressed our feelings the American Legion needs to take them in their intirity and present them to ALL of the idiots in DC. I do agree that if it is a war that they want then WE the strongest force in this country the VETERANS will give it to them. I am a vietnam veteran and fought for 41 years to be registered and am still fighting to get my pension for Agent Orange poisining. At 65 I'm still fighting as all of you are. We must stick together for all time and support our AMERICAN LEGION. May god bless all VETERANS young and old.

dmreed

February 5, 2011 - 2:01pm

If there had not been a resounding number of negative comments, Ms. Bachman would still be supporting her cuts in the VA budget. The only thing that bothered her about the responses to her recomendation is that veterans have a large voting population and she wants to retain her seat in the House, no matter how many lies it takes. While veterans do have a large voting block, they don't vote as one or we would have more of them in Congress. Remove your bill Ms. Bachman because it is the right thing to do!

WacoJohn

February 5, 2011 - 11:09am

"Washington, Feb 4 - Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) released the following statement about her spending cut discussion plan: “One point on my discussion list was a $4.5 billion proposal that would affect payments made to our veterans. That discussion point has received a lot of attention and I have decided to remove it from consideration. The problem of government spending must be solved, but not on the backs of our nation’s war heroes. I have always been a proud supporter of the United States military and I continue to stand with our veterans. In the months ahead I look forward to working with our Veterans Service Organizations to ensure that we fulfill our commitments to those who sacrificed so much in their brave service for our country.” From a statement posted on her website.

amtrend10

February 5, 2011 - 8:45am

There is as much waste in the VA administration as in any other government entity. If I have to give up some of my benes to see these other entitlements take it on the chin, it's worth it. Did we not serve for our children?? We are being asked to give again... that'ok. Sounds like some of you have lost your aggies.

maximus938

February 8, 2011 - 10:43pm

Speak for yourself...I earned my benefits and I am keeping them.

David Kiely

February 5, 2011 - 12:01am

It is Congress that needs to cut their pay check. Not the Veteran's! They make to much & do so little "WORK"!

Ullarskjaldberi

February 4, 2011 - 9:10pm

If I might? As per the law at the time, I registered with the draft board on my 18th birthday in 1975. I believe the law had not changed over the previous several years. Several of my classmates were held back, no such thing as "social promotions" back then. In this light, Ratkins may well have been an 18 year old high school sophomore who got drafted. Take care...

jebode

February 4, 2011 - 8:50pm

I am rated 30% by the VA. I've been fighting to get more compensation but so far to no avail. I'm 60 years old and also receive disability Social Security for illnesses not related to my VA disability. Why should I lose the money I have been receiving for over 30 years. When these Republicans ran for office they were supposed to get rid of government waste. For things like 10 million dollars for trying to figure out why pigs mate. Not to take the little compensation we receive from the VA. I wonder what military the congresswoman was in. I also wonder how much money she has and her family has. I have bills that I use this money to pay. If they succeed in this more veterans will have to walk out on their mortgages and have to go on welfare and food stamps to get by. I'm all in favor of getting rid of real waste in the government but not when it comes to taking bread off the table of veterans who were just doing things to keep this country safe.

20YRMPVET

February 4, 2011 - 2:58pm

I'm 50 Pct service connected,& Vietnam Vet(non combat)of 20+ yrs,& was medically retired.I agree w/the largest majority of comments, except 4 those that advocate Vets taking a cut on their disability checks or SSDI. Veterans DIDN'T GET THIS COUNTRY INTO THIS FISCAL MESS!! CONGRESS DID!! Cutting Vets checks/benies must be as a last resort. What Rep. Bachman is advocating should be fatal to her political career, as it should be w/all members of Congress, this crosses into anti-veteran territory. Any member of Congress who is not Vet friendly, is considered anti-veteran. It's not about Democrats giving and the Republicans taking. Their are some on both sides who will go after Vets programs. The Speaker of the House, Rep. Boehner has mandated cutting House budgets. At least that's a start. Now if the Senate can do the same, all the members of Congress nede to lead by example. Obama has frozen White House Exec & DoD pay, but not Congress or military. It should have included Congress.

ewalk1

February 4, 2011 - 7:53pm

I'am a NAM VET. 100% disability with a SSDI disability check. So leave us along. If you want to do some cutting then give y'all self a pay cut.

dmreed

February 4, 2011 - 2:51pm

The history of this gentleman is too often the same history of too, too many. Not only was he taken out of his last year in school, he was robbed of a young man's health and a prosperous future. We veterans have got to support fellow veterans who wish to serve as Members of Congress, the Senate or as President. We now have a President who never served, yet he is Commander in Chief. Even if you are a disabled veteran, you can serve in Congress. Maybe we need a politicl party titled Veteran. In 1980 I was the first Woman Veteran to seek office in the Congress. Several Veterans formed a veteran support group. Unfortuntely we lost. But we worked at it. I believe, last year a young man recently discharged from the military, put all he had in a race for Congress, I think he lost. If you want a safety net for benefits, you certainly earned, you have to support those who know the price of freedom.

rbertrand

February 4, 2011 - 1:49pm

Tea bag party, democrat, liberal, republican, whatever. Can you say elitist. Bunch of elitists at the country club called DC. Say whatever it takes to get the votes then do whatever they wish, you know, like McCain does.

JOHN L TURNER

February 4, 2011 - 1:01pm

i would like to make another comment about this lady.all this list of comments should be made available for her to read.maybe she would get the picture of what we think and have to say about her,please let her see this report.thank the legion for backing the veterans.i worked until i was 73 years old i did not want to stop working my doctors at the us naval hospital here in SAN DIEGO had to force me to quit due to my health.iam 90% disable on other things with my health and 100% on unemployment not being able to work.this lady stinks when she talks about taking away our benefits.i wish she had the problems i have maybe she would shut her mouth.

rvs44

February 4, 2011 - 12:21pm

I pretty much agree with all of your comments. I doubt the Honorable Michele Bachmann has any children serving in the Armed Forces and definately has never experienced onc coming home missing a body part. She's just another politician living in a vacuum. Don't just vent here. Let her know how you feel. Contacting her is easy. Simply Google her: "Honorable Michele Bachmann, Republican MN" You will get her website with addresses in D.C. as well as Woodbury MN, telephone, fax $ e-mail addresses, as well as a Twitter addrress. I can't post the links here but I can provide the D.C. telephone and fax numbers: DC Phone: 202-225-2331 DC Fax: 202-225-6475 I'm letting her know how I feel right now. HOW ABOUT YOU?

ratkins

February 4, 2011 - 11:37am

I am vet of the VIETNAM I was there 1970 to 1971 while I was there I watch bleed and die next to me and I was also wounded and now disable. When I was in 11th grade I was drafted into the ARMY I was not able to finish school I had to get a GED. Not you in the GOV. were you give youself rasis when never you want to take money the Taxers who put you there, and now you talking abouting cutting our benefits to help the balanes the bulge and putting people out of work. That the GOV. puts into.Whle all of you was born with a slive spoon in your mouth. While we went off to shed our blood to keep ouse free.

cakmakli

February 4, 2011 - 7:10pm

Let me see if I get this straight. In 1970 you were drafted while attending HS and had to quit? You mean there were deferments for college but not for HS? In a year when 120,000 less were drafted then the year before? I call BS.

NeoConVet

February 4, 2011 - 10:09am

Until we can place a larger number of Veterans in Congress who at least have a clue of what it means to serve in our nations defense, we sadly should not be surprised at the ignorance and willful disregard of promises! All WE can and should do at this point is be vocal and willing to "stand the line" to protect those few small retirement benefits earned the hard way. Those who have never served the nation and stood when required in "harms way", underestimate us as our nations enemies have done repeatedly to their demise! Politicians like Bachmann will learn that these old dogs can still bark & bite in the vote.

kingmambo

February 4, 2011 - 10:05am

Just another example of the Tea-bag party NOT at work for you. What bugs me about "these people" is that they claim to have gone to Washington to "bring wasteful spending in-line". Fact is, they go for the same reason as just about every politician does these days. Get to know the lobbyists, make the contacts, and wind up with some "cushy" CEO job when their term is over, based on the title of "former House member so-and-so" They're just as interested (if not MORE so)in serving themselves as they are serving their country.

raramage

February 4, 2011 - 9:50am

Rep. Bachmann should have her head examined for even THINKING of such an absurd idea. The Federal Government screwed up and is spending way more than they should be. So why punish the men and women who served proudly for them? Yes, I DO mean punish them. As a proud Viet Nam vet, I am on disability for service-connected issues, and really don't want some radical NON veteran to try and remove our benefits. I for one still firmly believe that military service should be a requirement for all members of Congress. No service, not allowed to hold office. If they had to serve and possibly get hurt or disabled as a result, they would be a lot less likely to mess with us. When things get bad, why do they insist on trying to mess with the veterans? I thank God for the American Legion, of which I am a proud member, for without them and their vigilence to protect us veterans we would be a lost group. I think Congress should look long and hard at other expenditures to cut.

savers

February 4, 2011 - 4:13am

Conservatives have to find a way to funnel money to the rich. Bachman is at least honest about it.

Soldier 53

February 4, 2011 - 2:00am

This is cruel and unusual punishment inflicted on the very Soldiers that gave us so much and fight for our right that We the People enjoy of this great land of the United States of America! I have to tell you our for fathers would roll over in there graves just to think the people that we the put in office would even think of punishing our great Soldiers for being disabled in the line of duty! I would just ask the people that would even think of doing this to our great Soldiers and VETS! What kind of person are you? That you would think of this or try to do something so cruel? Can you sleep at night? We VETS love you all so much that a lot of great Soldiers gave there lives in the line of duty, and the ones that are Disabled in the line of duty, just ask to keep the promise that was given to us by this Great land of the United States of America! We all know we spend a lot more over seas then we spend on our VETS. It is time we take care of our VETS. Just A old Soldier. In Gods name!

moonstroller

February 4, 2011 - 1:53am

An abortion protester activist. Does not support the Constitution of the United States of America, especially the First Amendment: she has actively promoted Censorship. As an attorney for the Internal Revenue service, she actively prosecuted poor people who could not afford to pay their taxes, along with other more serious offenders. Her family received $251,973 in federal farm subsidies, chiefly for dairy and corn price supports. The first time Bachmann's political activism gained media notice was at an abortion protest in 1991 Bachmann believes that Religion should dictate how we run our schools and government, much like the Muslim religion believes. Bachmann)was accused by parents with trying to set up classes on Creationism and advocating that "something called '12 Christian principles' be taught, very much like the 10 Commandments, at a charter school." Sounds like Sara Palin with a brain.

moonstroller

February 4, 2011 - 1:07am

The democrats giveth and the Republicans taketh away. I remember the 80's when Regun took away the VA benefits of thousands and made second class citizens of all veterans. The cost to screen the Veterans to find out who could be cut cost more than the proposed budget to fund the VA. The Republican solution was to randomly drop Veterans under the guise that those who were legitimate would find their way back into the system at an accelerated rate. It took me ten years to get back where I should have been all along. I'm 100% disabled (Vietnam, mortar round -made in china). I saw many veterans who were sorely wounded and disabled dropped from the rolls. You new people need to get organized and start protesting if you don't want the same thing happening to you. They are already given you the run around. The program they used is still around in the computer somewhere.

Dusty

February 4, 2011 - 12:42am

I'am against the proposal to cut VA benefits. I'am a veteran myself, though I do not draw any VA benefits and am not even eligible to draw VA benefits. I believe any veteran who has served his or her country in a war Zone and injured in that war zone should be fully entitled to all the benefits so befitting the injury incured. I think though, is the VA should be and should have been more diligent in handing out disability benefits to military personnel. What I'am referring to is the paying out of benefits for injuries that are brought on by the service persons own doings. I know several prior service guys that brought on their injuries from too much drinking or ancidental injury caused by carelessness, thus leading to being treated for ulcers or permanent injury. When I myself know three guys drawing benefits from these types of injuries, it makes me wonder how many other service personnel are drawing benefits from similar injuries throughout the country. These benefits could be cut.

moonstroller

February 4, 2011 - 1:15am

Again, the cost to screen Veterans and decide who should be cut or not is too costly. It would increase the rates of refiling claims 100 fold. Such a practice should only be done as time goes by and not as a system to quickly cut the ranks. I agree, there are many lamers. But the real injuries would be to the legitimate Veterans if such a proposal were enacted, as it was in the 80's under President Reagen's administration. The real facts are that real Disabled Veterans outnumber the Lamers by a very large amount. The cost of war is high. I suggest we do it less often or spread the practice out between a couple of generations. That will surely keep the cost of caring for our Veterans way down. <smile>

buddahman28

February 3, 2011 - 11:32pm

Michele Bachmann is an idiot who should have never been elected to congress. She is a direct reflection of the intelligence level of her constituents that voted for her. Hopefully, the veterans in her district will organize and put her back on the block in 2012.

spc fuller

February 3, 2011 - 11:00pm

the government has no problem spending billions in "aid" to Egypt, Russia, Pakistan and then when the economy goes bad they look to cut domestic programs. I understand the basic need to support a foreign country for a LIMITED time. our coffers should not be labeled as bottomless. Lest we forget Iran said they want to increase cost of oil to 40$ or higher per barrel and Egypt said nothing. Now they are in turmoil - cut back on spending on them to send a pair of messages: 1) stand up with us and say NO to paying outrageous prices for oil 2) corruption will NOT be funded by taxpayers dollars. The VA budget should NEVER be a bargaining chip in ANY budget talks. These are the very personnel who answered our nations call to defend her. Look to cut foreign aid before you even look to cut our programs here in the States!

AMH

February 3, 2011 - 10:52pm

Part of the issue lies within the fact that we are seeing such a large increase in claims. I was recently in a clinic being seen for a service connected disability. A Army Veteran next to me asked what I was there for since we were the youngest two in the room. I told him that I was there from issues from Iraq. His response blew me away. "Oh, are you service connected?" I said yes (I usually do not talk about my service connection since it is not something I care to remember (Iraq) plus it forced my retirement from the military after 15 years.) He responded, "What is your percentage?" I informed him that I don't talk about that. Without missing a beat he enthusiastically tells me that he is 30% from bootcamp and he was now trying to get a higher service connection for back issues. He had never been in the regular Army!! There lies the inherent problem. Not everyone is faking it but I sure am seeing more and more with in the system. They will be the ones that ruin it for everyone

tommyB

February 3, 2011 - 10:38pm

Lets try this Instead The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure Congressional Reform Act of 2011 1. Term Limits 12 years only, one of the possible options below.. A. Two Six-year Senate terms B. Six Two-year House terms C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms 2. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office. 3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congre

moonstroller

February 4, 2011 - 12:55am

The reason the voters age was turned down to 18 had more to do with the Liquor industry lobby than what the congress thought Americans wanted. Lest not forget that congress puts their lives on the line also, but I do like the retirement fund moved to the Social Security System.

dancrall

February 3, 2011 - 10:13pm

Once again, another proposal to cut defence, and vet services. I calculated that only 7% of the entire US population living today has served in the defence of their country, only .47% are on active duty and our country once again thinks that Her defence and taking care of the people who put themselves on the line are the first to be cut. Why not cut those who are milking the system first, those who have not given to their country, those who are living under the freedom that has been paid for in blood by the few who were brave enough to stand up and stand the watch here and around the world. I am sick to see the money spent on welfare to those who never get off or the 99 weeks of unemployment. GET A JOB, contribute to our great nation, not milk it to death at the expence of those who protect it.

SGTDUNCAN58

February 3, 2011 - 10:03pm

Lets be perfectly clear. The Tea Party is a subversive party composed of traitors. They have no sense of patriotism, and this is not a legally registered party of congress. Lets also be perfectly clear. I am a disabled veteran of Desert Storm. I earned those benefits by risking my life for this country. Lets be perfectly clear, do not tread on me or mess with my benefits, am I clear.

Doc O

February 3, 2011 - 9:44pm

I was a medic in Viet Nam (non-combat). I have had symptoms of PTSD since '66, but it wasn't too bad until the mid '70s. Later, when I went to the Vet Center for help, they had the attitude that since I wasn't a combat medic, I couldn't have PTSD. I gave up on them. Then a few years ago, I lost my job that I had been doing for 38 years and found out that I was too old to do it anymore. I had no choice but to go to the VA for medical care. The VAMC I go to automatically assumed that I had PTSD because I was a medic. I am only 30% disabled for PTSD, but will probably be elevated to 50%, as it is getting worse. I would gladly give up my disability income if there was a cure for PTSD, but the only cure for it is death and that is not in my plans for a while. (I'm only 64 and I have serious plans for the next 30 years and some tentative plans after that). I've had the blood of many people on me and watched many die. Now the price I pay for VA medical care is paid every day in my memories.

winner

February 3, 2011 - 9:41pm

Some of you making these comments of disapproval of this rep proposal was the very ones voting for them not too long ago,remember the Tea party and their less govt spending, guess what?

justakid

February 3, 2011 - 9:30pm

The worst part of Viet Nam was coming home to people spitting at us, beating the Taxi with signs, and the horrific names they called us. We just looked at each other and said "we came home for this"? Our Nation has been getting weaker and weaker ever since. It's time to bring it all back home......soldiers, money, resources and talents. We need to get strong again and start by taking care of us. If we take care of us.... we will build a healthy US once again.

moonstroller

February 4, 2011 - 1:19am

It would be great if it were that easy. The Israelis have a saying: "... if the Arabs lay down their weapons there will be peace in the Middle East. If Israel lays down their weapons there will be no more Israel..." Liberty and freedom, sadly, comes at a cost. That cost is Blood, sweat and tears and cost over runs taking care of the wounded. If we lay down our weapons, will the enemy lay down theirs? I think not.

tjlaberdie

February 3, 2011 - 9:24pm

THE LIES THAT WERE TOLD TO ME IN 1966 WHEN I WAS SWORN IN ARE THE SAME LIES TOLD TO MY SON WHEN HE WAS SWORN IN IN 1988. THE ONLY THING THAT HAS CHANGED ARE THE NAMES OF THE CROOKED POLITICIANS.WE, WHO VOLUNTEERED, WERE TOLD IF WE SERVED, WE WOULD BE TAKEN CARE OF AND IF BY CHANCE WE WERE HURT OR MAIMED,EVERYTHING WOULD BE TAKEN CARE OF.I SAW MY FATHER DIE FROM LACK OF MALARIA MEDICATIONS FROM HIS SERVICE IN WW11 BECAUSE HE DIDN`T QUALIFY FOR HELP AS HIS RECORDS WERE LOST AND HIS INSURANCE DIDN`T COVER.MY SON,A 6 YEAR NAVY ENLISTEE,VETERAN OF THE FIRST TWO GULF WARS [91&93]IS DISABLED FROM A CAR/BICYCLE ACCIDENT IN WHICH HE SUFFERED A TBI CAN ONLY WORK PART-TIME. WITH HIS DISABILITY [100%]AND HIS P/T WORK HE DOESN`T QUALIFY FOR ANY VA BENEFITS EXCEPT TO JOIN THE VFW.I HOPE THEY DON`T TRY TO ENLIST MY GRANDSONS AS THE LIES WON`T BE BELIEVED BY ANY MORE OF MY FAMILY UNLESS THEY COME CLEAN AND DELIVER ON THE PROMISES!I HAVE BURIED [9]FELLOW VETS WHO BELIEVED THE OLD PROMISES!

rnbjusn

February 3, 2011 - 9:20pm

I am constantly baffled by the coverage of the utterances of this extremist right-wing nut job.

rickey

February 3, 2011 - 9:15pm

i think that the rep. can go somewhere else other than the usa or the gov can cut her pay alone with the other rep's and other gov official's then that just might help alot. some one should ask her how she would feel if her pay was cut.i don't think she would be very happy

winner

February 3, 2011 - 9:45pm

who did you vote for this past election, don't tell me.

Old Dog

February 3, 2011 - 7:58pm

Veterans earn benefits as a consequence of service and sacrifice for our country. We've earned our benefits! Congress' proper action is to first cut entitlements and other benefits to the legions of citizens and noncitizens alike whose principal act of earning is to be born.

dooper

February 3, 2011 - 8:56pm

I am living on social security disability after having an accident 5 years ago. I have not been able to collect veterans disability due to the fact that it was NOT a service connected disability. I do not have insurance because I cannot afford it and have had to get my medical care through the VA Hospital. If these benefits are cut I would expect that I would not be able to have the medical care that I need. I have had trouble paying my bills and several months ago had to go into bankruptsy. If my benefits are cut WHAT NEXT???

kjonson

February 3, 2011 - 7:57pm

VA funding is a great asset to many of the residents of my assisted living facility. Of 80 residents over 30% either receive benefits or have been submitted for benefits and await approval. That said there is abuse of the system. When a beneficiary receives more in gross benefits than a retired Lt Col there is something that is just not right. In fact, in this example the veteran is receiving benefits that at a purchasing level are nearly double of the retire is revealing. As a veteran of two wars I am an advocate of veterans and their need for assistance. But the funding must be reasonable and affordable. Also, comparing their benefits to the compensation of our legislators reveals a lack of understanding of the scope of the cost of those benefits against veteran's benefit's cost. There is no comparison in that veteran's benefits are a sizable chunk of the federal budget. Let us be reasonable and understand the limits of our federal funds.

moonstroller

February 4, 2011 - 12:59am

What level do you think is appropiate for 100% disabled veteran? Poverty level? Bear in mind that a Retired LT Col can still work and keep their retirement benefits. Veterans will lose their benefits if they try to work a job. Compared to the aid money sent overseas, I think the level of funding is very much underfunded. I question your affiliation with Disabled Veterans my friend. You sound more like a conservative lobbyist.

beast757

February 3, 2011 - 7:12pm

As any student of recent world history could tell you, among the first reforms proposed by the National Socialists Party back in 1932 in Germany was to empty out all of the hospitals, kill the patients, and harvest everything from the hair on their heads to their gold fillings in order to increase national productivity for the coming war effort. I am not saying that Michelle Bachmann is a Nazi, but the parallel is hard to dismiss.

Skull77

February 3, 2011 - 7:09pm

When the Congress tries to take from a Veteran, what are they really telling us? They don't enjoy the freedom to live a healthy life with no one questioning their going or coming's. How about cutting this money going to other country's, with no one being able to know where it all goes. They don't like us, so why are we feeding that hate with blood money? And, why do we allow the enemy's live in the USA, under the name United Nations. They aren't united for us, they are only sitting there with their hands out for our payment to their country and laughing at us behind our back's. Don't you think. Make them pay for the rebuilding out of their coffers with oil money. And bring our weapon's back, otherwise, they get turned on us, when they get tired of us telling them how to fight for their freedom. If they want freedom, let them do it without us losing anymore money. Cut your own loses, not a Veteran's, otherwise you may not have anymore Veteran's to take from in the future. See?

mpodowd

February 3, 2011 - 7:07pm

The Men and Women that have served our country signed on the dotted line and gave all they had to give. Basicially they signed a blank check and when our country asked them for more they gave it. Now when it is time for our government to pay back these brave souls for their services and personel sacrifice, some authorites in our government want to do what they do do best and that is to stick it to the soldiers, rather then giving them a helping hand and saying thanks for a job well done.

Nomad01

February 3, 2011 - 7:05pm

As a retired Air Force veteran, I strongly oppose this legislation. After retirement I worked as a software engineer, earning over $100.00 per hour. My exposure to Agent Orange cut that short. Sure, I collect 100% disability from the VA and full SSDI, but that doesn't even come close to covering what I could be making. Get your head outta your ass and thank God for Vets like me who made it possible for you to make such inane proposals. Your constituents must be appalled at what you are doing, Ms. Bachman.

BobRichards

February 3, 2011 - 7:02pm

Even though a veteran, I find myself at odds with many of the positions advocated by The American Legion. But not when it comes to Veteran's Health Benefits. This is one area that all of us, regardless of our political persuasion, must stand as one. Those who advocate reducing benefits should remember the words of Lincoln: "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, TO CARE FOR HIM WHO SHALL HAVE BORNE THE BATTLE and for his widow and his orphan." How can we help?

Gulfwarmarine

February 3, 2011 - 7:00pm

Each and every one of you have the opportunity to contact your representative via the internet and say "hell no" IMHO this has a snowballs chance in hell of success, my guess is its all about shock value,,,,,, lets throw something out there totally assinine and get people talking so we can slip something less obscene in under the radar. like say pulling the plug on funding any new VA hospitals until 2013. Wake up folks , quit bitching and start being proactive.

Skull77

February 3, 2011 - 6:54pm

I don't agree with this congress person. If you ever served in the military, you would understand more about what someone goes through serving with the military. You get to buy uniforms everytime someone changes the style, ranks, or color. Then certain MOS's have different requirements for uniforms. If someone can't wash and iron them properly, there is more money coming out of the soldier's paycheck. A soldier has to maintane their hair cut, no matter if it's male or female. And these can cost alot. You have shoe polish and brass and medal's with the correct rank's on Class-A's. Some is paid for, but others aren't unless it's destroyed or it's at a certain year of wear and tear. If you live not in barrack's, you have a vehilce expense, with all the maintenance, including fuel, tires, oil. Then, any other specials, like seperate rations when you go serve in the field for training. Our pay got cut again for married families. And now, you wish to cut us off again with less money?

101stptsdcombatvet

February 3, 2011 - 6:51pm

this ladys crazy, last i looked theres about 2 million or so veterans. She wants a war she will get one. this will not pass so dont get excited fellow brother and sister veterans. she must of not got any attention as a kid and came up with this whopper idea.

Skull77

February 3, 2011 - 7:24pm

How about all Veterans sending this person a personal letter about her paying each of us for our time in the military? I've been on SSDI since Feb. 2004, I believe. I've been retired since Mar. 2002, Disabled from Aug. 2003. I had to retire, since my physical body quit from earlier issues in the military. And, my "Never Quit" attitude has a Captain telling that anyone that can't keep up with his soldiers should step down and let the ones that can, get higher rank and time in service. Well, due to medicines, I gained 10 lbs in 5 days and got put on fat patrol, got a profile for PT, and felt useless. Had other issues, but was never allowed to file for disablity until I got my retirement letter after 21 years. Except, in 1986, got really sick in the field, and was refused medical help, and became sterile and some of my brain has loss memories and not able to hold information. This lowered my ability to gain higher education. And, you lady wish to remove money from Veterans? Just pay

proudtohaveservedaf

February 3, 2011 - 6:47pm

I proudly served in the USAF for almost 12 years. It shames me now that our elected officials have forgotten where we came from. If not for our veterans the way of life that they have become accustomed to would not exist. these Vets have earned their benefits with life and limb. Lets make cuts to the social programs that promote a generational welfare system. Any member of Congress that suggests and/or votes against our veterans should be voted out of office the very next opportunity

ke4qwe

February 3, 2011 - 6:41pm

If they want to cut disability payments to save money why don't they cut Congress pay and benfits since they don't apy into S.S. and get to increase their pay when ever they want. Let them look at what they have before they look at some other place like the VA.

Skull77

February 3, 2011 - 6:40pm

For the last 7+ years, we have been trying to get our claim for benefits to be honored. Because, I was denied medical treatments while on active duty and at a different training issue. But, they tell me, no records can we find. Now, you plan on cutting benefits more. We live on SSDI, and if you cut anymore, we will be locating our home in the street's. Even now, we have very little to live on. If, I never worked after getting out of the military, we wouldn't have anything. It seems, if your retired without any combat, your wasted the uniform. Or at least this is how it feels. And, you get to pay for your military doctor visit. And, it's "required", but we have to pay for this out of our pocket. And, I carry 21 years of service. That's 7 stripes down my left sleeve. Anyone that has a Congress office, should have some honored time in the military. Not just for an hour with the Marines PT time. Where does a person find the "heart of a soldier" True Veterans salute the flag still.

cece

February 3, 2011 - 6:23pm

Sure, go ahead and cut my social security benefits. Just make sure you give me back EVERY penny I paid INTO social security and medicare INSURANCE, during my 20+ years of service. Imagine if a private insurance company proposed something like this?

Skull77

February 3, 2011 - 7:33pm

Dear people, If she wants us to pay, how about she takes from her own too. All Senators and Congress, you must pay for everything extra, beyond your income. Course, your pay is cut to 50 grand. That's the Max that you will be paid for this year. All ex-Presidents, you going back to work. You have to pay for all your own Secret Service personel. Your paycheck is 75 grand. No retirement payment, unless you wish to pay for it. Every political figuare will pay for their own retiremnet, not that secret one, that only you all know about. Because, why would they want to run more than one term of office if it didn't have this? This info was email to us, several years ago. All current President's, pay for all their own security, they seem to hire everyone else they want. Even people that's not legal for the USA. Maybe we need to fire the Chief, too.

moonstroller

February 4, 2011 - 1:27am

What a wonderful Idea! Lest not vote for representatives anymore. Let's hire them from a long list of certified candidates that are fully qualified to serve, pay them a reasonable salary and if they don't do a good job ---we fire them and hire someone else; no waiting for four years to dump them. While we are at it, lest not let any citizen be allowed to vote unless they have served their country in the military, as a police officer, Emergency service, fire fighter, etc. I think only those who have sacrificed by performing some type of dutiful responsible action for at least two years should be allowed to vote or run for public office.

rfarmer53

February 3, 2011 - 6:19pm

The deficit could be taken care of real simple. all congress pay Social Security, do away with all their freebies, and cut all their pay to what a new enlisted E1 is paid

moonstroller

February 4, 2011 - 1:34am

I like that. The president gets General pay. His cabinet gets col. pay The highest ranking member of congress gets Major pay. The lowest gets E1 pay and works their way up to LT. While we are at it, Let their duty hours be from 6:00am to 4:00pm and let them serve some time helping the local charities. Let's keep them busy doing a good service to their fellow citizens. Why does the highest rank in the Military have to be a General or Admiral? Let all Generals be nominated by the rank and file in the Military and let the Citizens (Veterans only) vote them in. If they do a good job as top Military leaders they can move on to Congress and the office of President.

floyd gills

February 3, 2011 - 6:03pm

First the Vet's have already had their cut's while service in the wars that you sent us. And the Rep from Mn most have been sitting on her head and talking though her rear end. She needs to sit up right smell the coffee. Say a prayer and let the good Lord guide you

The Higlander

February 3, 2011 - 5:57pm

I agree with the rest. I think this lady have not served nor has any relative involve in any type of military activity that can talk to her and make her understand that the cuts are not the right thing to do. I think she should educate herself before taking this decisions.

Capt. America

February 3, 2011 - 5:53pm

Rep. Bachmann needs to go to all the V A hospitals and talk with those who have given above and beyond the sacrefice of just doing their duty for this country, Any veteran with any medical problems was promised to be taken care of in the swearing in ceramoney. Cut the $3 Billion to Egypt, cut the unknown Billions sent everywhere else in the world,(like Tahiti and Isreial) and bring all our National Guard home to protect the USA from the 30 million (and growing) invaders of unlawful people. If she really wants to cut spending then deport any and all instead of educateing-- medicateing-- and incarserating.God Bless America and shame on Rep.Bachmann !

GeorgeKell

February 3, 2011 - 5:42pm

I wonder if she would mind cutting her paycheck in half and doing without all the perks for one year as a solution to saving Government Spending. Half of her pay still equals more than I have to live on every month, as a Senior Citizen, and a Disabled Veteran, who lives alone and barely makes ends meet. Maybe if all the Senators and Congressmen and women did that for 2 years like we have had to endure for the last two years since 2009, we could save billions of dollars!

yagger58

February 3, 2011 - 5:33pm

I have been told all of my life by politicians running for office that it is important to take care of our veterans. In 1969 I raised my right hand and pledged to defend the Constitution of the United States, and with that pledge I signed a blank check to the United States for upto and including my life. I was not told then that I would be taken care of only if I made no money when I left the Service. Congressional members raise their right hands and say the same pledge that all of us did. The only difference is that they ARE taken care of and in addition they get a salary of $180,000 plus per year.

chiefjim

February 3, 2011 - 5:32pm

This is again a slap inthe Face to all veterans and there families. President Obama first wanted the veterans to pay own m edical expenses while wounded n the linew of duty, now he wants this a gain but with a little twist. Come out of benifits that is if the VA ever approved them for the veteran. The country seems to be good at putting us in harms way and wonders why we are hurt. Foe most of the Vietnam Veterans and a few others that were killed by agent orange just they have not layed down yet and VA is still dening there benifits and not abiding by the law. not there interpretaion of the law.

Cliff Bennett

July 5, 2011 - 2:27pm

Hey there, chiefjim. Obama never wanted vets to pay their own medical expenses. If you want to be ticked-off at somebody, find out what &%$#@ sends out total lies to vets families. Hope you're not referring to that chain email that keeps resurfacing. Check out politifact dot com. they have a truth-o-meter, and one of the latest "Pants-on-Fire" lies was in chain-email/barack-obama-said-troops-whine-and-nobody-made-the/

JOHN L TURNER

February 3, 2011 - 10:11pm

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHO VOTED FOR THIS LADY AND WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS.SHE MUST NOT HAVE ANY RELATIVES THAT HAVE SUFFERED IN COMBAT ARE ANY OTHER INJURIES IN SERVICE.I GAVE 22 YEARS OF MY LIFE FOR MY COUNTRY AND FOR HER ALSO.SHE MUST REMEMBER EVER TIMES SHE PULLS OUT MONEY TO BUY SOMETHING THE MONEY COMES FROM U.S TAX PAYERS.WHY DON'T SHE VOTE TO CUT CONGRESS SALARY AND HEALTH CARE.THEY GET A LOT OF BENEFITS FOR NOT MUCH WORK THEY DO.THIS LADY IS STUPIEDFOR THINKING OF THIS.I BET ONE THING SHE WILL NOT BE ELECTED AGAIN AFTER THIS.

JOHN L TURNER

February 3, 2011 - 10:10pm

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHO VOTED FOR THIS LADY AND WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS.SHE MUST NOT HAVE ANY RELATIVES THAT HAVE SUFFERED IN COMBAT ARE ANY OTHER INJURIES IN SERVICE.I GAVE 22 YEARS OF MY LIFE FOR MY COUNTRY AND FOR HER ALSO.SHE MUST REMEMBER EVER TIMES SHE PULLS OUT MONEY TO BUY SOMETHING THE MONEY COMES FROM U.S TAX PAYERS.WHY DON'T SHE VOTE TO CUT CONGRESS SALARY AND HEALTH CARE.THEY GET A LOT OF BENEFITS FOR NOT MUCH WORK THEY DO.THIS LADY IS STUPIED FOR THINKING OF THIS.I BET ONE THING SHE WILL NOT BE ELECTED AGAIN AFTER THIS.

boss210

February 3, 2011 - 5:25pm

Sorry guys, spending must be cut to eliminate severe deficits. I am 100% and have been for 10 years, Agent Orange, cancer and war wounds. I am not eager to lose any money as I have no other source of income. I do understand economics, probably a lot better than anyone in the current administation. Entitlement programs cannot be allowed to continue to rise, we simply cannot sustain the increases. Having said that, government pay must be capped. The number of useless federal beauracrats must be reduced by at least 25% (not caregivers at the VA). Spending must be rolled back to at least 2006 levels. If the Congress is willing to get serious, the VA must be part of the cuts, as the VA is a big part of spending.

Anna Dault

February 3, 2011 - 11:08pm

WHAT HURTS SO BAD IS THE FACT, OUR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE STILL LAUGHING, DINING, FLYING IN THEIR JETS ON THE WEEK-ENDS GOING HOME IN COMFORT. NOT WORRING ABOUT PAYING THEIR UTILITIES, BUYING GROCERIES FOR THEIR FAMILY.... OR IF THEY WILL BE ABLE TO PAY FOR MEDICINE THAT HAS GONE UP TO $ 9.00 @ THE V.A. OR IF WE WILL HAVE GAS MONEY TO GET TO THE NEXT APPT. TO SEE THE DR. IN ORDER TO GET THE MEDS. @ THE V.A. BECAUSE YOU CAN'T SEE THE 3 DRS ON THE SAME DAY, AND YOU LIVE 3 1/2 HRS. AWAY. OR IF YOU WILL BE ABLE TO COME UP W/ THE $169.98 YOU NEED TO PAY YOUR SUPPLEMENT BLUE CROSS INS.BECAUSE THE V.A. HOSPITAL DRS. SENT YOU HOME W/ INSTRUCTIONS TO GET YOUR LIFE IN ORDER TO DIE, BECAUSE YOUR HEART WAS UNSAVABLE! ALSO ANOTHER POLICY TO PAY FOR THE MEDS. THAT THE V.A. WON'T PAY FOR BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T TAKE THEIR ADVICE AND DIE!!!! WE WOULD HAVE SUFFICIENT MONEY IF THEY DIDN'T GIVE IT TO ALL THE ILLEGAL ALIENS COMING IN AND PLOPPING DOWN! THEY GIVE THEM FREE HEALTH CARE, LIVING,ECT!HELP GOD!

7810

February 3, 2011 - 5:24pm

"US" ARE BROKE...THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IS PRINTING MONEY AND WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO BACK IT UP. IT IS LIKE WRITING A HOT CHECK...THERE IS NOTHING IN THE BANK ACCOUNT. WRITING HOT CHECKS IS AT LEAST A MISDEMEANER AND CAN BE A CLASS B FELONEY. WE ALL PAY FOR IT WITH NEW TAXES AND THIS WILL GO ON FOREVER UNTIL WE ARE DESTROYED FROM THE INSIDE, NOT FROM SOME FOREIGH POWER OR TERRORIST ORGANIZATION, BUT FROM OUR OWN GREED..."ME FIRST" JUST DOESN'T WORK ANYMORE. THIS IS THE REAL WORLD AND THE LAWS OF ECONOMIC ARE SET IN STONE. YOU CAN'T KITE THE HOT CHECKS FOREVER. EVENTUALLY, THE LONG ARM OF THE LAW WILL LOCK YOU UP FOR THEFT!

waykno

February 3, 2011 - 5:22pm

The Federal Government is so big that many areas could be cut and even done away with before doing it to Vets. We could actually do with out the DOE, EPA, and even the IRS but we won't.

Number1boss

February 3, 2011 - 5:22pm

It's clear to me that those who offer plans to cut veterans pensions are those who have never served one day, or who've never committmented to being a target for an enemies rounds. I don't know the Honorable Rep. Michele Bachmann, but I'd almost guess that she's never worn a uniform or deployed...but I could be mistaken?

tnvivian

February 3, 2011 - 5:16pm

The VA is extremely waistful. We would be better served if our care was contracted out. The quality would be better and more vets could get care. To much is spent on special projects that last only a year or so.

AMH

February 3, 2011 - 10:41pm

As someone that went through Walter Reed when it was under contract I hope that none of you ever have to experience that. Buildings falling apart, patients not turned and underpaid, foreign contract nurses and aides that could care less. The VA budget is getting eaten up by the compensation claims more than anything.

qtpuh2tme

February 3, 2011 - 5:15pm

I am one of the 1st few women to ever serve as a 95-Bravo in the US Army. Not only did I help pave the way for others, but I more-than-earned every one of my stripes - those that used to be displayed on my arm, and the ones I still carry on my back (metaphorically speaking). Due to my disabilities I haven't been able to hold down a full, or even a part-time job for several years now. I recently discovered that my state deems me "ineligible" for general assistance and/or food stamps - a result of trying to better my life by taking a couple college courses for the first time this past summer. I am now one of many veterans that is left between a rock and a hard place because I *dare* to want more than impoverishment. All I have is my small VA disability payment - my rent alone is 71% of my check - I will, literally, be out on the street if that disability is cut.

Vikingfan1957

February 3, 2011 - 5:15pm

I can understand everyones anger about the proposal of cutting VA benefits. I also understand the dire straights that our country is in. We must reduce spending or the country we served and love will be no more, for us and our grandkids. No matter where cuts are proposed the people that it affects are going to yell "NO not here". When the cuts start there are going to be riots in the streets. We served our country, and we may be called upon to serve again. The VA cuts should be the last resort in spending cuts, but can we truly expect to be above what is going to hurt everyone?

Anna Dault

February 3, 2011 - 11:42pm

USUALLY WHEN A CUT IS BEGUN, IT STARTS @ THE TOP! YOU DON'T START @ THE BOTTOM! THE FINANCIAL ADVISORS TELL YOU WHEN WORKING ON YOUR BUDGET, START @ THE HIGHEST, WORK DOWN THE LIST!START W/ THE RETIRED PRES. CONGRS. SENS. REP. VICE.PR. THEY ARE MAKING GOOD MONEY, WHY DO THEY NEED FOR THE GOOD OLE U.S.A. THAT IS STRUGGLING CONTINUE PAYING THEM? THEY DIDN'T GO ON THE BATTLEFIELD! DIDN'T GET INJURED! MY HUSB. IS A VET. WE HAVE MAJ. MED. PROBLEMS, WE HAVE HAD A MAJOR CRISIS THIS WEEK OVER OUR H2O BILL GOING UP $4.50 A MO. THIS YR. HOW ARE WE GOING TO PAY IT? EVERYTHING IS GOING UP... DO U THINK WASHINGTON FEELS THE PAIN OVER A $4.50 INCREASE? MY HUSB.& I R BLESSED, MANY R IN WORSE SHAPE THEN WE R, I CRY 4 THEM,GOD HELP U. S. A, JESUS COME QUICKLY I SEE THE FANCY DINNERS THE EXPENSIVE FOREIGN DESIGNER DRESSES & THEY STRUT W/ NO SHAME, HOW MANY AMERICANS COULD'VE HAD A JOB MAKING THAT DRESS? OUR SOLDIER ARE OUR "MEDALS" WITH FACES & HEART, DON'T PUNISH AND DEVALUE THEIR LIVES ANYMORE!

DarylStein

February 3, 2011 - 5:12pm

Why don't the Senators and Congressmen cut their salaries. and look in other areas to make cuts. These men and women served our country, and this is the way our government repays them?

SFCGWP

February 3, 2011 - 4:55pm

I really think members of Congress should look to other areas if they are serious about cutting the spending. I think they should eliminate all earmarks. There are from time to time news reports about how much earmarks cost. Cutting them will help.

RoryJ8171

February 3, 2011 - 4:38pm

So the Legion backed the Republicans that got elected and now we have to live with a cut and slash congress. I guess it wasn't such a great idea.

winner

February 3, 2011 - 9:46pm

THANK YOU, THEY SEEM TO HAVE FORGOT JUST THAT QUICK.

JWhif

February 3, 2011 - 4:11pm

I've have heard Ms Bachmann come out with all kinds of stupid statistics, wrong history, etc.. So her comments on cuts Veterans disability benefits doesn't surprise me. She is just a mouth for a group who don't give a damn about anybody but the rich. I served in SEA from 67-68 and have all the crap from Agent Orange you can get. Had 100% disability and then they cut my monetary award to 20% but still have 100% medical (I lived longer than they thought I would). Too many young men and women skate by and don't serve their country because it is volunteer. If people like Bachmann keep up their ways, the draft will come back and they'll still keep their precious well off kids out and those of us who work for a living will still get screwed. We served, we protected our country and answered the call. What if nobody answers the call in the future

johnres

February 3, 2011 - 4:10pm

At some point the govt is broke and all cuts will have to be made, no matter who served, when, why or how. If we don't your grandkids will be drinking water from canals.

waykno

February 3, 2011 - 5:18pm

Yeah, while Congress approves earmarks for $500,000 to study the mating habits of Tsetse flies.

mepaja

February 3, 2011 - 4:10pm

And to think Bachman is being considered as a candidate for President or Vice-President. Only a complete idiot would consider her as such.

Soldier 53

February 3, 2011 - 4:07pm

I'm a 100% Disabled VET. if they want to save a lot of money then they should look at there pay! and there Medical they should cut there pay, cut there medical for them and there family! not the VETS. that save there jobs and our way of life! All VETS have given some thing to save our way of life and some gave all! this is like putting a knife in our backs! we spend money and if they want to see a mess just think of all the VETS losing there income and see what it does to Economy! Not to think of what it would do to the VETS that would have to live in the streets! This is nuts to take from a Disabled VET. that has given so much of there life and body to give the people of the USA so much! I have to pay $3000. each year just for my 100% Disabled wife's meds. not counting all the rest of things I have to pay for me! Look at the fat cats and start there! not the disabled! Look at all the money we spend on the hill not on the ones that put them there! in GODS Name! Our VETS R the best!

done it also

February 3, 2011 - 6:19pm

Hi Soldier 53: Sorry to hear about you and your wife. It looks like you have your hands full. There seems to be something left out of your post. If you are 100% disabled you will have ChampVA for your wife's medicine. The only cost to her is $50.00 a year. This is a secondary Insurance. If she has Medicare, she does not have to pay any medical at all. All Meds are no cost to her by having ChampVA. The VA will furnish all YOUR Meds and health care. If you live a long way from a VA Hospital, some of you medical can be done in your area and the VA will pay for it. This has to be approved first, unless it is an emergency. Also as 100% you can have $10,000 of free life insurance. After you have had 100% for ten years, your wife can get a check every month for assitance after you pass on. I hope this helps you. I am getting all of what I told you. Any Vet that has 100% gets all this also. May the best come your way. Bob I'll check in if you have a addy, or make a new one

art_in_SF

February 3, 2011 - 4:03pm

I seriously have to wonder about people's intelligence when I hear they are dead set for voting Republican, when it's the Republicans that are harming those same people. They wrote a book about it, called "What's Wrong With Kansas," that explains how the policies of the Republican Party benefit the wealthy and powerful at the great expense of the average worker, but how the GOP has hoodwinked those same workers into voting against their best interests. If one looks at John McCain's voting records in relation to Veteran's rights and benefits, you'd see how he repeatedly votes against these issues. You'd see him actually DAMAGING what little benefits that Vets have - and yet everyone yammers about what a HERO he is and what a friend to VETS he is. <B>BULLPUCKY!</B> The American Legion is supposed to be beholden to neither political party - and it should be welcoming to all - but one should and MUST point out that Republicans routinely are NOT our friends.

waykno

February 3, 2011 - 5:20pm

C'mon man--look at both sides. Dems are your friends?

1973Vet

February 3, 2011 - 9:45pm

Haven't seen the Democrats proposing any VA cuts!

Bull Call 6384

February 3, 2011 - 3:52pm

It was us and those that came before us and which will follow us that went in harms ways and payed a price for doing so. We did not pay the ultimate price a so many of our brothers did however it was a price and we live with it. Sometime I think thhe ones who paid the ultimate price arn't better off. A Veteran today cannot get a job with vet-status why, because the people look at us as they did in old day, " The only people who join the Service are lackies, bums, uneducated, druncks". The Officer Corp, did not do much help this when they told young officers that enlisted men " could not be trusted, they lied, would do anything to get out of duty". With that in mind why would anyone cut a disabled veterans pay, I bet you they will not touch welfare fore Black unwed moters with five kid. Know go after the DAV they can stand it. Lets give those Senate and House Rep. a month as GRUNT and then let them say that. The problem is we have no Veterans in either branch if so darn few.

harrellb2

February 3, 2011 - 3:50pm

We need to vocalize our appreciation for this political servant and see her booted from office. She needs to be the example. Are we going to trample under foot those who stood up for us and helped those who could not help themselves? What message do we send our children when we show them that it is alright to cut benefits to others so that we can still live in a nice home and drive a nice car. There are too many veterans who rely on those deserved benefits to get by and help with their medical expenses. Does this woman have no sense of patriotism and respect? Let's get her out of office, start a petition to demand her resignation.

gremster

February 3, 2011 - 3:29pm

Who in their right minds would cut benefits for veteran in the midst of two wars. Who in their right mind would cut entitlement to veterans who deserved them and earned them. The Senator Ms. Michele Bachmann that's who. Lord I pray the folks she represent doesn't feel that way about their Son's and Daughter's. Husband's and Wives. I'm lost for words. Lord please protect us from these types of people. While we fight and die for these type of people, they would trow us in an unmark grave and forget about us while they proper. Have mercy on their soul. Crist. Respectfully

Joseph Greenberg

February 3, 2011 - 3:28pm

It seems this lady wants to cut out benefits from those who sacrificed everything, just so she could run for office and be elected. It seems to me that every time Congress makes a mess out of the finances of the country, the first people they go after are the veterans. It is a phrase I learned in childhood, called "Indian giver" We all know where that term comes from. Every veteran deserves everything that they have achieved through their sacrifices, of time, and most of all themselves for their country. We cannot ever let Congress or anyone else take away everything we earned through our personal efforts.

yellowriver41

February 3, 2011 - 3:16pm

I cannot believe anyone in Congress or the Senate would ever approve a cut in disability compensation. It would be political suicide! Take it from foreign aid, or as somebody said the United Nations which accomplishes nothing. Do not even think of punishing veterans! My entire family and post will march in Washington D.C. if this were brought up for a vote. Leave us out of the mix we have already given and served our country honorably and many have paid the ultimate scarifice.

RaySparr1

February 3, 2011 - 3:10pm

Whoa, why doesn't she try living on the amount these Veteran's do. She has good health care, paid for by federal budget. She has a salary, that gets raised every year. Some of our Veteran's past and present members of our military that haven't had a raise in years. She should walk in the shoes of these veteran's before she suggests budget cuts.

Dan OConnell

February 3, 2011 - 2:58pm

Michelle Bachmann is an idiot. Always has been...always will be...

Gorditas1

February 2, 2011 - 11:23pm

The thought by our United States Congress to even entertain the thought of cutting VA benefits, is insane and dangerous to the basic security of our nation. As noted in other comments, young potential patriots of the future will see the neglect of our Veterans and shy away from service to Country. This will deplete our recruit pool to a point of reviving the draft. Even the sons and daughters of the rich and congressmen will have to be drafted. We can't have that. Before we cut vets, senior citizens or the most vulnerable disabled of our population may I propose other cuts. First cut the entire foreign aid budget to all countries outside our shores. Withdraw from the United Nations circus cut all payments to that corrupt organization give the eviction notice. There will be hundreds of billions saved with this move. Please our people know that there is much wasteful and frivilous spending, as was shown with the Wall Street Bankers. Cut our Vets and we will clean house again in 2012.

cam50cam

February 2, 2011 - 11:14pm

I get Social Security disability payments. I also get VA compensation. My Social Security disability is based on my service-connected disabilities. How can politician suggest to cut any of these payments? I can't wrap my brain around it.I paid into Social Security and I earned VA compensation through honorable service to my country. There are millions of people in our country that will not serve in the military. Why should I be penalized for injuries/illness incurred due to military service? Maybe our politicians should have considered the federal budget when they were giving billions and billions of tax dollars to corrupt bankers and businessmen who took out insurance knowing mortgages would fail or the billions of dollars of tax dollars given to failing automakers and failing banks. Absolutely absurd! What a bunch of crap. The VA is a small portion of the federal government budget.

drobbia

February 1, 2011 - 6:19pm

Veterans Disability is paid to a Vet after review by a COMPENSATION board. We are paid for injuries that happened while serving our country. Social Security is deducted from income. It is paid to a CITIZEN because they paid into the Social Security System. One has nothing to do with the other except the government mails the checks. The VA hospital system is for use by Veterans. The cost of Disability payments and VA hospitals use should be considered as a cost of war and of keeping our country free during peacetime. Perhaps a Veterans march on Washington complete with our crutches, eye patches, prosthetics wheel chairs etc. would exemplify our feelings towards such a demonstrably "throwing under the bus" attitude of the elite politicians. Thank you American Legion for fighting for we Vets who bear the scars of war and have served our country with honor.

usmcwife

February 1, 2011 - 1:15am

My husband would have a stroke from the shock if his income was slashed like this after over 25 years of disability. It's unconscionable. Get your budget cuts somewhere else!! He paid into his SSDI and receives what he paid for. He lost body parts for his country and receives just compensation for exactly that. IT IS NOT CHARITY and it is not negotiable.

Larry Ruse

January 29, 2011 - 3:59pm

I would literally be put into bankruptcy and probably Section 8 housing if my VA disability were done away with as proposed. I absolutely cannot work, due to problems associated with my cancer (agent orange, Vietnam). I would suggest that these people in the Senate and House, take cuts in their pay and benefits [cut their pay in half for now and cut their retirement equally] - this would save the tax payers a hugh amount of monies both for now and the long range future.

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