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57 Congress Members Back AMVETS’ Defense of IU Benefits

In a bipartisan letter addressed to U.S. Department of Secretary Veteran Affairs David Shulkin, 57 members of the House of Representatives publicly declared that they “strongly oppose” the proposed cut to Individual Unemployability (IU).

The letter, which includes an expert from AMVETS, comes after weeks of intense work on Capitol Hill, informing members of both chambers that this proposal would have deadly consequences for veterans if pass through the budgetary process.

Below is a link to the full letter and list of lawmakers who signed it: Letter to Secretary Shulkin – IU benefits

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7 thoughts on “57 Congress Members Back AMVETS’ Defense of IU Benefits

  1. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH AMVET AND THE 57 CONGRESSMENT WHO SIGNED THIS LETTER TO VA SEC. SHULKIN. I HOPE AND PRAY THAT MORE OF OUR LAWMAKERS WILL COME FORWARD TO JOIN WITH US IN THIS FIGHT FOR HOPE AND WELL BEING OF DISABLED VETERAN LIKE ME. MAY OUR GOD ALMIGHTY HELP YOU AND GIVE YOU STRENGTH AND WISDOM AND GUIDANCE UNTIL THIS PROPOSED IU CUT IS WITHDRAWN.

  2. If my individual unemployabilty is eliminated I would lose my home after taking out a mortgage to send my son to college for his masters. The CBO also recommends being able to reevaluate individual unemplyability which is currently not lawful and may affect other veterans, not just the elderly. The CBO recommendation shows no compassion for the elderly disable veterans. The administration also is proposing privatizing social security and minimizing benefits. What will we as elderly veterans live on if the budget eliminates IU payments to veterans and also lowers social security benefits too.

  3. I don’t see my congressman’s name on this letter I did get a response from him

    Dear Mr. Ruane:

    Thank you for reaching out to my office to share your concerns with President Trump’s budget proposal. Understanding your point of view helps me better represent you and our fellow Mainers in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Congress, not the President, controls the federal budget because it is the closest and most accountable branch of the government to the people. Presidents are allowed to propose their own budget, but it is Congress who has final say.

    That said, I share many of the same concerns as you do with the proposed budget by President Trump. I want to make sure we maintain support for programs and agencies that serve our families and communities, help protect our environment and provide quality programing for children. I’m specifically concerned about making significant reductions for programs like LIHEAP, Community Development Block Grants and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It is especially important for Congress to fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting because this network serves as the emergency broadcast system for the state of Maine.

    I also am closely reviewing any changes to environmental services that directly impact Maine. When growing up in Central Maine, I remember us kids needing a tetanus shot if we fell in the Kennebec River. We’ve made vast improvements since then in how we treat Maine’s precious natural environment. As a parent with an asthmatic son, I understand the importance of breathing clean air and the benefits of protecting nature. We can’t go backward, and we won’t.

    At the same time, I was encouraged that President Trump has signaled his interest in increasing Veterans’ services in Maine and across the nation. One of my top priorities in Congress has been doing everything I can to help our Veterans and to make certain they are given the care they were promised, have earned and deserve, especially in my new role serving on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. There are over 66,000 Veterans in Maine’s 2nd District and Maine ranks #1 in the country for percentage of rural Veterans. This poses unique challenges for our district and I am looking forward to working with the President and all my colleagues in Congress, regardless of party affiliation, for common sense solutions.

    Please know that as your Representative in Congress I will always do what is best for Maine’s 2nd district. I work for YOU, not the President, not congressional leadership, and not special interests. I will continue the work I have done in the past two years to uphold Maine values and to fight for good paying jobs for the hardworking men and women in our district.

    Again, thank you for reaching out to my office. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact our Congressional Offices in Bangor, Lewiston, Presque Isle and Washington, D.C. I’m honored to represent you in Congress.

    Best wishes,

    Bruce Poliquin

  4. I am not rated as I.U. but I support my fellow Veteran which will suffer because of the cuts. The veterans of retirement age I understand there are 225,000 Plus that will suffer because of this budget. Sec. Shulkin is not thinking of the older veterans – He is thinking only of a fast fix to health care, forgetting about the Disabled Veteran and their family. The Veterans that fought and suffer for this country. Replace Him !!!

  5. Thank you very much Amvets and the CONGRESSMAN who signed the bill.This is nice to know there is still people in high government that still care about our older veterans who ask for very little from life.you have definitely made our life much better by not having to worry about where our next bed or meal is coming from.i cant thank of any veteran out there that would not go out of there way to help there community or any person need of help with in the veterans capabilities.THANKS

  6. Thank you for your support for this. Many veterans including myself rely on every dollar to survive each month as this is all many of us have.

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