By: Chuck Dean - Veterans Columnist
President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal contains provisions that will increase costs and diminish the incomes of many veterans and retirees. One of these provisions is eliminating the “Individual Unemployability” benefit.
Eliminating IU will significantly impact 208,000 disabled veterans and retirees, and could very well increase the number of homeless veterans in America. Stripping this benefit will cost each veteran and/or retiree, on average, $1,300.00 per month. Of course, due to their disability, these Americans will be unable to make up this financial shortage.
One of the illogical reasoning behind this is to reduce disability payments and expect the veteran and his family to live on his or her social security. Many veterans have taken the early social security option which is much less than if they had waited.
This was done expecting the additional disability compensation for their wartime service would fill in the gap. However, if that is stripped away, it will place the veteran and family way below the poverty level in most cases.
I urge you to contact your elected officials in Washington, D.C. immediately and urge them not to allow these proposals to ruin the lives of so many Americans that were willing to pay the ultimate price for our freedom.
It’s easy to do. I did it, and if I can - anyone can. Simply go to:
At this webpage you can easily send a letter to your House Representative and Senators. The President and Vice President will also receive a copy.
Use the pre-written letter or edit it to add a personal touch. When you hit “send,” the letter is automatically sent to all of your D.C. elected officials. Sending the letter takes less than a minute.
A bit of other news is that in June President Trump has put into operation a direct line to the White House available to all veterans to voice opinions and/or complaints. And (amazing as it seems when dealing with the bureaucracy) it is flawless. Give it a try by calling this number: (855) 948-2311.
It’s a good way to let the administration know of your concerns about its Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal to reduce disability compensation for disabled veterans.