Some of the top stories circulating the veteran community.
2018 budget proposes cuts to veteran benefits. The Trump administration’s budget proposal contains a provision to cut Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits for seriously service connected disabled veterans aged 65 and older. This would steal a large percentage of a wounded, injured or ill veteran’s compensation.
The argument for this cut is that these senior citizens would be eligible for Social Security retirement benefits at age 65. That argument is flawed because these veterans have largely been disabled, out of the work force and not paying into Social Security for many years before reaching 65. Many have been severely disabled as a result of their military service and unable to work since the day of their discharge.
Such a misguided move would wrongly take away about $1,200 a month from a single veteran rated at 90 percent disabled and already determined to be unable to work because or his or her military service. The monetary loss rapidly increases for veterans with lower disability ratings. In all, this proposal threatens to strip benefits from more than 225,000 senior citizen veterans who’ve been seriously disabled as a result of their military service.
AMVETS strongly opposes this proposed cut and calls for its immediate withdrawal.
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Veterans can register from early access to online exchange shopping. Honorably discharged vets can sign up at VetVerify.org. The exchange sites offer the same tax-free shopping and discounted prices as the shopping centers. This benefit has estimated 13 million veteran shopping increase potential for exchanges.
“It’s an honor to now provide this service and benefit to our well-deserving veterans. Once a Marine, always a Marine,” said Cindy Whitman Lacy, Marine Corps Exchange Director of Business and Support Services at Headquarters Marine Corps Manpower and Reserve Affairs, in a statement today announcing the verifying website.
“This initiative is one of many ways to keep our community connected.”
McCarthy said Wednesday the bill will help improve the government’s second largest department by giving VA Secretary David Shulkin more authority to discipline employees. “If somebody is a bad character, done a lot of bad things they couldn’t survive anyplace else, but you can’t get rid of them, the attitude of good employees goes away, too,” he said.
The AMVETS Post at Bay County, Florida, gave a generous contribution to five Bay County Junior Reserve Officer Training Course (JROTC) June 6. The donations totaled $25,000 and took years to pull together.
“Who best to give it to than the JROTC our future leaders in the military and so that’s what we do, so we’re going to make a sizeable contribution to each one of the Bay County High Schools” said AMVETS Post Commander Rocky Bradford.