Despite the recent internal VA scandal that reduced the quality of care for and contributed to the death of numerous veterans – and just after President Obama signed the $16.3 billion new VA bill – the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) made recommendations for reducing the VA budget.
The CBO Proposed VA Budget Slash
The CBO released its report on August 7, 2014 and recommended eight ways to cut the VA budget, including those that modify the process the VA uses to identify service-related disabilities and to change the payments disabled veterans receive. The options are listed below.
- Put a limit on how long vets have to file. (It includes options of five, 10 and 20 years.)
- Expand use of reexaminations by the VA.
- Change standards for determining presumptive conditions.
- Restrict unemployability benefits to only vets younger than full retirement age for Social Security.
- Supplement payments to veterans with mental disorders.
- Make changes to the cost of living adjustments.
- Alter concurrent receipt program by eliminating it. (Concurrent receipt refers to vets who get disability and retirement pay.
- Implement a tax on veterans’ disability payments.
The CBO report notes that the option with the greatest potential impact is to eliminate the concurrent receipt program, which it estimates would save $119 billion between 2015 and 2024.
These cuts are not official, of course. They are only the result of a CBO analysis. Still, some worry that it’s a first step towards implementing cuts to veterans programs. In the meantime, some vets are still having difficulty recovering the disability benefits to which they are entitled. If you require help getting the benefits you earned and deserve, contact an attorney for help.
Legal Help for Obtaining Your Disability Benefits
Our disability claim representatives and attorneys at the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group care deeply about the veterans’ rights; we are dedicated to helping veterans receive the benefits to which they are entitled. For help securing your benefits, contact us today for a free consultation at 1-855-855-8992 or use our online contact form to reach us.