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Disabled veterans undercompensated

Posted 5/27/22

To the editor:

Our disabled veterans are grossly undercompensated.

Since June of 2009 our disabled veterans, their advocates and their family and friends have contacted Congress and/or various …

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Disabled veterans undercompensated

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To the editor:

Our disabled veterans are grossly undercompensated.

Since June of 2009 our disabled veterans, their advocates and their family and friends have contacted Congress and/or various administrations daily asking for fair and adequate compensation. So far there has not been significant action on this issue. The COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) that they receive every year is not sufficient. Our government simply does not respond. There is nothing but silence from Congress or the administration on this issue.

I am warning anyone and everyone who reads this. Once our young people become fully aware that if they should enlist in the armed forces and subsequently receive serious injuries or illnesses that they will spend their rest of their lives in near poverty then at that point our armed forces will disintegrate. It will happen very quickly and we will not be able to stop it. It will be a national defense nightmare.

Here is the raw data.

In 2022 a totally disabled veteran with no dependents is compensated at the ridiculous rate of $39,984.72 annually.

The National Average Wage Index (NAWI) for 2020 was $55,628.60 per annum and the median income for 2020 was $67,521.00. The per capita GDP in 2020 was $63,416, among the highest in the world.

This rate of compensation to disabled veterans is deliberate and cruel especially considering that we live in the wealthiest nation that ever was.

They have been asking various administrations and Congress for fair compensation since the end of World War I in 1918. That was 103 years ago. Where is it?

This abuse must end now. Congress must compensate these broken former troops properly. This is a national disgrace. Tax the investment wealth of the Investor Class that received the most benefit from the protection afforded to them by our troops who are now broken and compensate disabled veterans fairly.

Sharon Benson

Four Oaks

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