Veterans Fight Against Benefit Cuts - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Veterans Fight Against Benefit Cuts

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By: Claire Powell
cpowell@myabc5.com
@clairenpowell

 

Veterans could see benefit cuts as part of the recent deficit-reduction talk in Washington, D.C. 

The Congressional Budget Office estimated by adopting a chained consumer price index, CPI, they could save $208 billion over ten years.

This means reducing Social Security, disability and other benefits which will directly effect many Americans and veterans. Almost $24 billion of the $208 would directly come from VA benefits, civilian pensions and military retirement pay.

The cut would affect veterans at a time they would need it most, when they are disabled and elderly.

Wednesday, Iowa veterans met in hopes to let senators in Washington know that they're against these cuts and think the money could be cut somewhere else.

"We'll hopefully have enough people to sign petitions, to get to our legislators and senators and stress how important this issue is and how strongly we feel about it," said Rob Montgomery, member of Alliance for Retired Americans.

Currently, there are about 30,000 Iowans who receive veterans disability compensation. 

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