We received this letter from a distraught veteran’s family, renewing anxiety that the crucial “Individual Unemployability” (IU) benefit may still be on the chopping block. But we need you to know that you do not need to get nervous again. Not at this point.
As the letter states, and as we discussed back in the spring, the White House’s proposed budget called for cutting benefits to senior citizen veterans who because of service-connected wounds, injuries and illnesses have been unable to work. AMVETS and our many grassroots supporters stood up together, demanding such a cut not be considered. The Senate and the House heard us loud & clear, putting forth budget bills that fully fund IU. That’s why you don’t have to worry. It is Congress that sets the budget, and leadership from both sides of the aisle have shown they understand and won’t cut IU.
Secretary Shulkin has also privately and publicly said a number of times that he sees the harm this cut would cause and does not support the idea.
This letter is not well written and doesn’t deliver the message all veterans need to hear — the cuts to IU are not in the works. If they were, we’d be fiercely fighting again.
Please know AMVETS is working tirelessly, monitoring this situation every day. We will keep you updated if you sign up for the AMVETS Alerts at http://amvets.org/sign-up-legislative-alerts/, and keep checking here on the AMVETS National Headquarters page.