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Joseph Covington
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Digital Photography by Joe Covington, photographing America
Digital Photography by Joe Covington, photographing America

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For the most part I try to separate personal issues from my photographic post, however, I must respond to this issue on American Veteran Benefits, as some of you know, I am a disabled Veteran of the Vietnam War. This is an issue very close to my heart. Share with the public if you wish!

Letter to the public,
When the composer of a budget has to try and convince those affected by their budget does not cut funding for anything, you better grab your britches, because someone is going to get done. The GOP for the most part are trying to say that this budget proposal does not cut any programs, they are trying to paint it as only reducing the proposed growth. Well, I got some news for them, this budget certainly has cuts, when funds are removed from one program and put it into another program, that means you are cutting one program and increasing the other.
The spin is the VA budget proposal is modernizing the way it takes care of America’s veteran. Their idea of modernizing is cutting benefits and payments to veterans with permanent service connected disabilities when that veteran becomes eligible for Social Security. The VA C&P division has a regulation that allows them to provide addition benefits when a veteran is unable to maintain gainful employment due to a service connected disability rating of at least 60%, and for most veterans 70%.
VA’s twisted rating system, the percentage of rating is not the percentage of a veterans actual disability, it is the percentage that each rated service-connected disability effects the veteran’s unrated portion of their entire body. i.e. a veteran with two SC rated disabilities, both are judged to be 50%, that equals 100% right? No, it doesn’t, according to the VA it is only 75%. Here’s how, the rating of 50% disability for the first is indicated to be affecting 100% of the veterans functioning ability. Then the second rating of 50% disability is considered to only be affecting the remaining 1/2 of the veteran’s functioning ability. So it only counts as 25% of the veterans total disability rating. If by chance this veteran receives a rating for another disability and its 50%, yep, you guessed it, 50% of the remaining 1/4 equals 12 1/2%, so the veteran’s total rating is now 87%!
If a veteran meets this requirement and is then able to prove that they are unable to maintain gainful employment solely because of the service-connected disabilities, they are then provided benefits equal to the services and benefits of a veteran whose sum of service-connected disability percentages equal 100. Not only are they now qualified for financial benefits, they receive additional services, i.e. dental, access to all military PX. most important for me is that it also provides the spouse with healthcare coverage.
If this veteran has been able to put enough into their Social Security retirement account, and if he is physically qualified, they able to receive payments from his Social Security account.
But now, because they are able to receive their Social Security payments, they will be removed from the VA’s unemployability program. For the most part these Veterans that are receiving this benefit and also receiving Social Security are mainly the WWII, Korean War and Vietnam war veterans. Each and every one of these veterans have paid with blood and money to receive their benefits from both of these programs. Now the VA wants to CUT this program in order to fund local privatized healthcare to the younger Veterans via “the Choice Program.” The fed is still going to send tons of money to other countries to keep them going, many of these countries are run and owned by an elite class or family. They are still going to provide tons of money for research into things that don’t mean shit to Americans. The Gov is continuing increases of funding for medicare, medicaid, welfare, food stamps, etc, while giving it freely to illegal immigrants, refugees and institutionally indoctrinated welfare recipients who have never paid anything toward these programs.
My question is this, “Are you going to allow this to happen to the most severely elderly disabled Veterans? Are you going to allow this failure to keep a promise made to these Veterans. And if so, why do you think this is the right way to treat those who have offered their body, mind and soul to protect America’s way of life?”
BTW, I don’t want to hear some politically correct political speak of how you support our troops and do everything you can to take care of them, just a simple yes or no will suffice. please contact your local Congressman and let them know how you want them to handle this issue, You can also call the VA complaint line, 855-948-2311 and tell them to not do this to these elderly disabled Veterans.

Joe Covington,
A permanently and totally disabled Vietnam War Veteran, 70-73

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