This landed into my Inbox right from the Veterans advocates who send me e-mails from CapWiz, if you are a Vet some one is going to get cash destined for your care again to bail out piss-poor finacial management in a sector that has nothing to do with Vets or the money they will suck out of promises made, and broken again to us if this flies. If bailing AIG out suits your agenda, do nothing with this post.
Oppose AIG Bailout - Restore Deleted Benefits for Veterans and Widows Oppose AIG Bailout
Restore Deleted Benefits for Veterans and Widows Send the following to your elected officials --
I oppose the $85,000,000,000 bailout of AIG. Rather, I favor using the $85 Billion to fund the veterans and widows benefits that were deleted from the 2009 National Defense Authorization Act.
Specifically, I refer to the full restoration of benefits for the following three groups:
61,000 widows whose Survivor's Benefit Payments (SBP) are offset by the VA Dependency Indemnification Compensation (DIC). Recall that the SBP annuity was purchased from the spouse's military retirement pay and that the DIC was awarded because the spouse died of service connected causes.
400,000 retired veterans with less than 50% disability under Concurrent Retirement Disability Pay (CRDP, 10 US Code 1414).
188,000 disabled veterans medically retired for disability under 10 US Code Chapter 61 with less than 20 years.
I find it interesting that while these provisions were removed from the 2009 NDAA not one earmark of pork was similarly treated. I think your priorities are wrong.