READ THIS EMAIL WE RECEIVED FROM A VETERAN
The Disabled Veterans Tax Sneaks Back!
Veterans across the country are not getting the help they need. The very system they fought to protect is using an outdated law to deny earned benefits to disabled veterans. I am one of those veterans, and I’ve started this petition to make sure that what is happening to me and many others is stopped.
Over the last couple years, the military has downsized. When it does this, it offers separation packages, aka money to help those who are leaving transition to their new civilian life.
I received one of these packages, and was told to go to the VA hospital if I needed future medical care. I did, and was diagnosed as 70% disabled. But they told me I couldn’t receive disability benefits until I repaid my separation package.
After 11 years of service in the Marine Corps, two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a disability stemming from duty, I couldn’t believe this was happening.
I discovered that this was written into federal law back in the 1990’s, during a time when major combat hadn’t been seen in decades and there weren’t many people being asked to separate from the military due to downsizing, and then later being classified by the VA as having service-
The only way to get both benefits is through a waiver by one of the service branch secretaries, which is extremely rare and almost impossible.
It is time to get rid of a law that doesn’t do right by the women and men who have served their country.
I’m calling on Congress to repeal the law that requires paying back, or offsetting, severance pay before receiving disability benefits.
Separation pay and VA Disability compensation are two completely different payments, offered to veterans for entirely different purposes.
This misguided law is causing financial hardship for many of us, and such financial hardships are known to be a contributing factor in the spike in veteran suicides. It’s tough to admit it, but I was one of those people dealing with this financial difficulty, and there was a moment when suicide seemed like the answer.
I’m glad I didn’t do it. Instead, I’m working to get this law changed.
This problem will only get bigger as more of our troops are asked to leave the service.
We need as many voices as possible to speak up and get this law taken off the books. I hope you will help by signing this petition.
Recent Marine Corps Times article on the issue: http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/benefits/veterans/2015/10/18/separation-
Most Vietnam Veterans (and others, from Korea all the way to the desert troopers) got caught up in this lie, as well.
Men and women who gave their youth for their nation, and then retired, and were then declared "disabled" were required to give up either their disability, or their earned retirement pension.
If declared 70% as the writer above, one must surrender 70% of his retirement, dollar for dollar. Literally, the disabled veteran was forced to pay for his own disability.
I fought the VA system for eleven years, until they finally said yes to my disability, only to be told that I must surrender an equal amount from my pension.
This went on until 1996, until Congress finally got off their dead asses and took a good look at the appalling manner in which the government was treating the disabled, and corrected (well, partially, anyway) it somewhat.
If you are 100%, you can now draw your retirement in full, concurrently with your disability. They even made it tax-
Any service member who stays beyond his initial enlistment, is gonna get screwed.
Grab your discharge papers and run like hell ..... the "twenty year lie" is not worth the heartache!
And yet .... every year, Congress votes themselves a $5000 per year "pay raise", whilst screwing every veteran, military (active and reserve), and retirees, with a slap on the face, offering a "gigantic" 1 to 2% raise, IF the cost of living reaches a set level. Bend over, and enjoy it.
This is why all incumbent congress-
Retired and disabled "Top"
Vietnam combat vet
PLEASE PASS ONTO ALL VETERANS AND GROUPS
The above is the Disabled Veterans Tax we fought to get abolished with Freshman Congressman from Georgia, Jim Marshall.
This illegal "practice" shows how America's Veterans are not appreiated by the government they served and are screwed at every chance.
We need to stand together and change this rotten government!