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  •  Department of Veterans Affairs (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, bronte17

    and the Department of Defense are two different animals.  As the VA doesn't fall under the Pentagon, cuts shouldn't hurt vets.  They will hurt base schools moral, welfare, recreation, family support services, etc.

    Where vets like myself get hurt, is chained CPI

    38 U.S.C. 1104 - COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENTS, Sub-chapter 1, Sec. 1104 - Cost-of-living adjustments
    (a) In the computation of cost-of-living adjustments for fiscal years 1998 through 2013 in the rates of, and dollar limitations applicable to, compensation payable under this chapter, such adjustments shall be made by a uniform percentage that is no more than the percentage equal to the social security increase for that fiscal year, with all increased monthly rates and limitations (other than increased rates or limitations equal to a whole dollar amount) rounded down to the next lower whole dollar amount.
    Now, there was rumor of VA and SSDI being immune from chained CPI as the President said the "most vulnerable" would be protected.  However, that is certainly divide and conquer and erodes solidarity when we need it most
    •  I read a Westpoint paper years ago (0+ / 0-)

      when the Iraq War justification was crushing its opponents.

      And the (officer) cadet noted that in the long run... at the end of the day of the war... the expenses required for our veterans and their injuries would result in cuts to critical military technology and acquisitions.

      No one listened.

      Anyway, it would appear that somehow these things are connected if a Westpoint officer pointed it out in some white paper. Unless this split is recent.


      One may live without bread, but not without roses.
      ~Jean Richepin
      Bread & Roses

      by bronte17 on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 11:54:12 AM PST

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