Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ryan Seeking to Cut Already Underfunded VA Budget

After they rubber stamped All the costs of these two present generations wars, off the books till the present administration and All on borrowed monies, of choice, yes Afghanistan became after they abandoned, with the countries almost full support, the Main Mission of why we sent troops into that region with the first drum beats pointed at Iraq. Same never demanded the country Sacrifice even though they had already started rubber stamping which had erased the surplus and deficits then started rising before 9/11.

Noem pitches need for budget cuts to veterans
But a budget proposal by top Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to trim spending at the Department of Veterans Affairs had some DAV members worried.

“If they go and approve this, we will have some of the smaller VA facilities closing down in rural states,” said Gene Murphy, the state DAV director. “Then you’re going to put these veterans … into the Medicare and Medicaid programs.”

Budget Panel Eyes End to VA Care for 1.3 Million Vets
The House Budget Committee, chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), has told a veterans' group it is studying a plan to save $6 billion annually in VA health care costs by cancelling enrollment of any veteran who doesn't have a service-related medical condition and is not poor.

Committee Republicans, searching for ways to curb federal deficits and rein in galloping VA costs, are targeting 1.3 million veterans who claim priority group 7 or 8 status and have access to VA care.

Veteran’s benefits won’t be slashed?
President Barack Obama pledged on Tuesday that there won’t be any cutting of benefits for America’s veterans while he’s in the White House.

Addressing The American Legion’s 93rd Annual National Convention in Minneapolis, the President said veterans wouldn’t bear the brunt of federal cutbacks, in spite of the fact veteran’s benefits are clearly in the cross hairs of the Republican Tea Party (GOTP) controlled House and its fiscal crusade.

That's what, deja-vu all over again and for decades now, the phony 'strong on national defense' politics of the right, lining the pockets and bank accounts of the defense contractors with no cuts sought, and many in the country served, think of those who served the country and those they served with who lost their lives or were maimed in many ways, after those years Sacrificed and joined in that Sacrifice by their families!

Most of these veterans would then need to seek help in Medicaid or Medicare of which they also want to cut instead of fixing their own huge mistakes that bring on corruption, and campaign funds from, in the policies they've passed!

Added: Jon Soltz Co-Founder of, Iraq War Veteran wrote this earlier this year, a must read: GOP Budget Doesn't Even Say the Word "Veteran"

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