Clarification on Offset,

 

I have had some call their senators and their representatives and those politicians are now asking for the bill number.

 

Lets be clear here - this is not before congress yet.

 

This so called Veterans Disability Commission is studying Veterans Benefits in an attempt to limit or downgrade these benefits.  They can say what they want I was there at one of them and these is nothing but a political attempt at rear-ending the Veterans benefits once again.

 

Now this commission does have some military on it but it also has I believe it is six of the 13 are not former military.

 

These commissioners were appointed by politicians the two factions being the president who appointed the most and then some in the congress appointed the rest.

 

Then we have these secret votes so that the public or Veterans will not know how these commissioner voted therefore we do not know how to address the politician that appointed these commissioners.

 

This is not independent - this is political ruse as the guy in charge of this ruse works for the Department of Veterans Affairs and it is funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs to the tune of 2 million dollars a year. 

 

Nothing independent at all just the big shaft!

 

The subject of social security offset is outside of this commissionís charter; as I pointed out to all of you the definition of what this commission was supposed to be looking at.  Only those benefits that are earned by service in the military.  Not by working outside of military service.

 

All of a sudden, this General gets the idea they should also include social security to be looked at also. Way outside the scope of this commission's charter.  Now someone has told him to do this  - I think it is obvious.

 

He then wrote to the Veterans Affairs in the house and Congressman Buyers wrote back and said absolutely they should look at Social Security.  The senate VAC said the same thing.

 

Therefore, it is not a bill YET.  If we do not stop this commissions ability to vote on to study this then I will guarantee you it will be a bill.  Somebody in DC wants this as a cost cutting disability tax no different than our career military faces now.  I will give you one guess who that someone is.

 

Now one of our Marines sent in that it looks like the commission is going to vote on this study on the 18th and the 19th of May in their meeting in Arlington, VA.  So they are not wasting time once they were given the go ahead.

 

The full Commission plans to meet on May 18-19 at the FDIC/Seidman Training Center, 3501 Fairfax Drive in Arlington , VA ( directions ). The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 18, and will end at 4:00 p.m. On Friday, May 19, the meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

 

The agenda on May 18 will feature an overview of the Department of Defense program for assessing and filling the adaptive equipment needs of injured or disabled service members retooling for employment. The agenda will also feature updates on the progress of the studies being conducted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a report of the Commission's site visits to Illinois and Missouri , and a briefing on Quality of Life. The Government Accountability Office will present its findings on the disability benefits available to federal, state and local employees who serve the public in high-risk occupations and are injured in the line of duty. 

 

The agenda for the meeting on May 19 will feature updates on the progress of the studies being conducted by the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), with the results of CNA's literature review; and a continuing discussion of Social Security Disability Insurance ( SSDI ), to include a panel of veterans service organizations presenting views on SSDI .

  

 

You will notice they are attempting to compare Military service to high-risk civilian service and somehow equate the benefits.

 

Sorry folks those that have been in combat know there is no comparison in any form of civilian life.  Not on the scale of combat.

 

Now my Marine also gave me the number to call which is located below.

 

VDBC UPDATE 04: General Terry Scott, Chairman of the Veteransí Disability Benefits Commission (VDBC) asked 

Congress for written clarification of the intent of Congress in the Charter that was given to the VDBC.  

He wants to study if vets should get VA compensation and Social Security disability at the same time.  In response, he received the following two letters:

1.  Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs and Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs responded with:

 

"It is our opinion that you are not limited to evaluating only those benefits created for veterans, and a review 

of the mandate does not restrict your examination to title 10 or title 38...we would find helpful a thorough 

review of benefits provided in their totality.

 

To look at the benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) 

to the exclusion of others will not provide Congress with a complete understanding of the benefits 

that are provided to veterans and their survivors."

 


2.   Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services and Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO), Ranking Member of the same Committee responded with:  

 

"It is our view that a comprehensive review under the laws of the United States would inescapably include 

an examination of the Social Security Disability Insurance program and that the Commission would be 

remiss in its responsibilities if it were to choose to ignore any form of Federal compensation provided to 

such veterans."

 

Now I furnished all of you the .pdf file that had the definition of what this commissions definitions were.

 

See again:  http://www.vetscommission.org/documents/charter.pdf

 

Now this was only for those benefits EARNED IN MILITARY SERVICE ONLY!  Now all of sudden the politicians have changed the charter of this commission to study those benefits earned outside of military service.

 

Look at that charter and then look at the political statements above and you will not see how any politician could conclude that "what was earned outside of the military service should have any bearing on anything." 

 

The charter is totally clear and very specific to its intentions of "military service only" - not this political interpretation of what someone in the White House or DoD wants it to be.

 

This commission has been somewhat covert from the very beginning - no different than our toxic chemical studies.


With the go ahead it is anticipated General Scott will put the issue to a vote of the panel during their 

next scheduled meeting 18 and 19 MAY 06.  

 

As of this writing, it appears the 13-member panel is evenly split on the proposal.

 

Veterans desiring to communicate with the VDBC on his issue can email veterans@vetscommission.intranets.com,

which will reach all members of the panel.

 

Or you can call (202) 756- 7729. 

 

I would suggest that those that are in contact with their senators or congressperson ask that those representatives of you contact this commission and voice their negative opinion on this proposed study either by personal phone call or e-mail at the above address.

 

Kelley