Vets Lose When Big Pharma and Defense Corporations Rake in the Big War Bucks. Photo Credit: DVIDSHUB / Flickr Creative Commons.
Homeless veteran. GOP-led Congress shaving the defense budget by taking money directly out of soldiers' pockets. The GOP-led Senate is advancing a way to shave a rather modest amount of money off the $600 billion Pentagon budget by dipping into the pockets of military personnel.
In the latest defense budget bill, the Senate replaced a set monthly stipend for the housing allowance of service members with a reimbursement system that only covers their actual costs. The change will keep soldiers from pocketing any leftover cash from their housing stipend—"a popular way for single soldiers and "dual military" couples to offset low military pay," reports Max Rosenthal. The stipends range from a little over $600 a month for an unmarried private to more than $5,000 a month for a high-ranking officer with dependents. [...] The changes would cost many soldiers hundreds of dollars of a month. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the move would save $2 billion over the next five years. Obama Stands Up For Veterans By Vowing To Veto GOP Bill That Cut Benefits For 70,000 Vets. While Congressional Republicans wave the flag with one hand, they are trying to cut benefits for 70,000 veterans with the other.
President Obama has vowed to veto the bill, and House Democrats are promising to sustain that veto. On Tuesday, President Obama threatened to veto the Republican bill, “The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 2029, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes. The bill fails to fully fund critical priorities, including veterans’ medical care and military and VA construction.
Furthermore, the legislation includes a highly problematic ideological rider that would constrain the President’s ability to protect our national security. How $1.4 billion in budget cuts will impact Veterans - VAntage Point. Last week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee marked up the 2016 Veterans Affairs funding bill, and slashed more than $1.4 billion from the president’s requested budget for America’s Veterans.
Today, VA Secretary Bob McDonald appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee to discuss that budget proposal. While some may argue this is not a drastic move, every cut and rescission of funds has real-world implications for Veterans across the country. Here are three ways these proposed congressional cuts will adversely affect the quality of care and services provided to Veterans next year if they are not reversed: Medical Care The Veterans Health Administration has expanded access to care, completing more than 46 million appointments between May 1, 2014, and Feb. 28, 2015. The 2016 House proposal reduces VA medical care by $690 million.
New Facilities. Rep. Paul Ryan defends cuts to military retirement in budget bill. Rep.
Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, defended controversial cuts to military retirement pay in the budget deal, saying that the need for military compensation reform is “undeniable.” Vets Lose When Big Pharma and Defense Corporations Rake in the Big War Bucks. EXPOSED: Military Dumped Hundreds Of Dead Troops' Remains In Landfills Under Bush (VIDEO) An extremely disturbing news story of what happened to the remains of 272 U.S. service members has recently been picked up by news outlets and has began recirculating in media again, after initially making the news in 2011.
We tend to assume that when young men and woman have made the ultimate sacrifice and paid with their lives for their country, their remains will be treated with great care and the utmost respect every step of the way. As the story revealed, this is not always the case. U.S. casualties in a C-17 military transport aircraft returning to Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware. Photo from Wikipedia, released by the Air Force due to a Freedom of Information Act. Nearly 300,000 Veterans Have Lost Out on Jobless Compensation Because of the Disdainful House GOP.
When Republicans in Congress chose in December not to renew the federally funded emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) program for Americans who had been out of work for six months or more, 1.3 million people suddenly lost the small weekly check they were using to tide them over until they could find a job.
The Department of Veterans affairs has a lot of catching up to do for women vets. Women can now serve in all military jobs, combat roles included, which means that more and more veterans are going to be female.
Progressive Host To GOP: You Use Vets To Excuse Wars And Then Deny Them Healthcare. Ana Kasparian: Image Via YouTube “Young Turks” host Ana Kasparian had a message for Republicans on Veteran’s Day: You don’t respect our troops, but you are always eager to put Americans in harm’s way.
Kasparian told GOP hawks: “You don’t respect the troops. You use the troops as an excuse to go to war in a country where we don’t belong. A Retired Navy Veteran Rips Fake Conservative ‘Patriots’ For Paying Lip Service to the Troops. Please don’t thank me for my “service.”
I was in the military, not the “Service.” Service is doing something good. Contractor Sues Vets. You too can make the ultimate sacrifice and be sued by taxpayer-funded private contractors KBR, formerly known as Kellogg, Brown & Root, formerly a subsidiary of Halliburton, has decided to sue 12 National Guard veterans for $850,000 in lost legal fees. After developing health problems consistent with hexavalent chromium exposure, the veterans sued KBR for negligence in Federal Court in Portland. After a month long trial, the jury awarded the veterans $85 Million in 2012.
Air Force Times Runs Veterans’ Ad Urging Drone Pilots to Refuse to Fly. KnowDrones.com On Monday, the Air Force Times, a weekly newspaper with a circulation of over 65,000 subscribers who include active, reserve and retired U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and general military personnel and their families, published the advertisement below, carrying a message from 54 veterans urging U.S. drone pilots to refuse to follow orders to fly surveillance and attack missions, citing international law.
NYT: Pentagon Ignored Hundreds Of Soldiers Exposed To Chemicals In Iraq. Burn Pits Ruin Immune Systems. Since returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, an untold number of soldiers have come down with puzzling health problems. Republicans Harming Veterans.