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The Current Push-Pull of Congress Regarding Veterans' Benefits

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    Thursday marked a victory for veterans groups when the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee announced the stripping of a proposed cut from a Senate veterans omnibus bill. One major group, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) has been leading a campaign to eliminate drastic cuts such as this one. The house bill included a 50% cut to the housing allowances provided to children who would have their parent's Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits transferred to them. Also, the senate threw out another proposal that would have increased the years of service required of veterans to transfer benefits to their children.

    The Post-9/11 GI Bill was brought to the table by IAVA in 2008, and they have carefully influences it's growth since. Even though the jettisoning of both of these proposals was a battle won for veterans, they are still not out of the woods. The Senate bill still includes another $3.4 billion in cuts to veterans' Post-9/11 GI Bill housing allowances. I hope their new-found momentum facilitates the chipping away at the remaining questionable parts of the bill, even though it may appear that it looks like taking a step forward and moving two steps back.

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    I have a hard time understanding the want in government (on either side of the isle) to even consider cutting funding to vets, and their families. Not properly taking care of military personnel that left service worse off then when they entered (no matter if I believe if the fight was just or not) is unconscionable.
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    J.K.Logic Wrote: I have a hard time understanding the want in government (on either side of the isle) to even consider cutting funding to vets, and their families. Not properly taking care of military personnel that left service worse off then when they entered (no matter if I believe if the fight was just or not) is unconscionable.

    I agree, it should be a no-brainer. We should take care of those who have taken care of us.