Vets and reps convince Trump administration to back off disabled and elderly benefits

The Veterans Administration has distanced itself in recent days from a proposal that would have cut benefits for its oldest and most vulnerable former members of the armed service. As VA Secretary David Shulkin told Senators on Capitol Hill, “I’m not going to support policies that hurt veterans.” 

President Donald Trump, whose proposed budget would slash nearly every department except the VA, wants to boost the “Choice Program,” which would allow veterans to seek private care rather than wait for veterans hospitals to see them. But in the process, White House officials proposed the scaling back of another program known as “Individual Unemployability” that provides a source of income for an estimated 200,000 vets who cannot work because of their service-related disabilities.  Trump administration to back off disabled and elderly benefits


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