MORE ON SOCIAL SECURITY OFFSET

 

 

OK Veterans,

 

Just as I thought we were going on the offensive on some of the Veteran issues, the Social Security Offset comes up by the “Bums in Washington” to have Social Security offset for Veterans on VA disability.

 

My previous postings on this was:

 

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/VAdisabilityoffset.htm

 

Larry Scott’s posting was at http://www.vawatchdog.org/milcom/pushtocutvabenefits.htm

 

And my most recent posting was at:

 

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/Veteransissuesbills.htm

 

Larry Scott at VA watchdog has a new posting on this at:

 

http://www.vawatchdog.org/old%20newsflashes%20MAY%2006/newsflash05-01-2006-1.htm

 

Those in congress giving this Army General, General Scott, and his appointed cronies permission to do exactly wanted they were appointed to do all along.  Screw Veterans.

 

If we do not get up and do battle and now we are also going to lose this one as we have every other battle against our own government and this is for all the marbles as the President finds ways to cut social security for Veterans and yet illegals draw social security in some cases.

 

From VA watchdog and Larry Scott:

 

Lt. Gen. Terry Scott (U.S. Army, ret.), who is Chairman of the Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission (VDBC), wants to study vets who get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) as well as VA compensation.

 

The goal is an offset (reduction) in payments to veterans.

 

The VDBC's charter doesn't allow this, so, in an unconstitutional move, he asked Congress to interpret their own law, to give him permission to do this.

 

And, unbelievably, he's got that permission.

 

I have just two documents on this...more are on the way...including legal arguments and a "civics lesson" from an attorney representing a major veterans' service organization.

I will have a complete article later in the week...but, here's what I have now.

Veterans...it's time to get angry.

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Gen. Scott asked four Congressional Committees:

 

“Some Commissioners believe that this charge [the VDBC’s charter] should be interpreted broadly to mean all related benefits received by disabled veterans under the laws of the United States to include…SSDI payments…the Chairman would appreciate clarification of the intent of Congress in writing or in person during the next Commission public meeting May 19, 2006”

 

I have received copies of two responses.

 

They are reproduced, in part, below.

 

First, is a letter to Gen. Scott signed jointly by 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: 

 

"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."

 

Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Indiana 4th Congressional district) Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee

 

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee

 

Second is a letter to Gen. Scott signed jointly by 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:

 

"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."

 

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-California 52nd Congressional District) House Committee on Armed Services

 

Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Missouri Congressional District 4) House Committee on Armed Services

 

Well, it looks like a done deal.  Now Gen. Scott must get the entire 13-member VDBC to vote on this at the May 19 meeting.

 

Right now it appears the panel is close to evenly divided on the issue.

 

I think it's time to make a big noise.

 

Gen. Scott's email at the VDBC is: veterans@vetscommission.intranets.com  

This email is good for all Commission members.

 

The Commission's phone number is:  (202) 756-7729

 

That's it for now.  More info to follow later this week including a legal analysis of the situation.

 

Keep after them Larry.

 

Now it is Ironic indeed that these four politicians would make statements like that; like we need to know, when they will not question anything the Executive Branch does using the VA no matter “how illegal” it is.  Boys and Girls this is a done deal at least in my opinion and I really do not know how to stop it.  

 

I can tell you this as I stated before that any inside 495 political pinhead that thinks this needs to be looked at must and I repeat must be dealt with and either a recall started in the states of California, Idaho, Missouri, and Indiana for this Senator and the three house representative Pinheads.

 

At least start campaigning against them for 2006 and 2008.

 

28 Million can make a difference and we must unite in this unjust and unconstitutional form of government anarchy against our single segment of society.

 

This should not be a consideration by anyone.  Taking away what we earned in the work place and then taking away the cost of the DOD mistakes that disabled us is not only wrong; but immoral.

 

What will be next?  Taking the widows and orphans fund away by also offsetting their social security?

 

Certainly we need to get the word out to our own senators and congressperson on this issue and see what kind of political rhetoric we get back.

 

Kelley