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Trump Proposes Major Decrease In Disabled Veterans Benefits

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Jun 08, 2017 | 0 Comments

Hiding inside of President Trump's budget proposal is a major reduction in the benefits for which disabled veterans are eligible. This in addition to the proposed cuts to the Social Security disability and Medicaid.  Put together, all of these cuts would greatly reduce the benefits available to persons who cannot work.

Concerns IU Veterans

Wounded In The War On The Poor?

Trump's proposed change for veterans disability benefits has to do with those veterans whom the VA had determined to be individually unemployable (IU.)  For the VA to declare a veteran IU, that veteran must meet certain requirements. It is a bit complicated, but it reduces to a determination that a veteran cannot work full time due to his or her medical conditions. The VA can make this finding even where a veteran is as little as 60% disabled.

From IU To  SSA Retirement In One Short Move?

Trump's proposed change is to force IU-classified veterans onto Social Security as soon as they are eligible.  This is a big deal and it could mean that disabled veterans, along with their spouses and dependants, could lose tens of thousands of dollars in benefits.

A Change That Could Ruin Retirement

Provided that an IU veteran qualifies for Social Security retirement, he would qualify for those benefits as early as age 62.  If Trump gets his way, veterans reaching that age would be shifted from VA benefits to Social Security benefits. This would mean a substantial drop in monthly income for at least two reasons: First, anyone retiring at 62 faces a drastic cut in their benefits versus what she would get at full retirement age. Second, if a veteran has been unable to work due to his medical

Didn't See That Coming

conditions, he is likely to have paid very little into Social Security.  Monthly retirement benefits are calculated by what a worker pays into Social Security over her lifetime.  This would also interfere with retirement planning for IU veterans. This is because forcing such a veteran onto Social Security retirement at 62 means he is electing these benefits for herself and her spouse. This relates back to changes Social Security made when they dropped the apply and suspend program.

Take Cover?

Trump may have found political cover from his allies when he attacked the poor and the disabled. But threatening to drastically cut benefits available to those persons who were severely injured in the defense of the United States is an entirely different matter.

Make Your Voice Heard

If you are a disabled veteran or you know one or you simply think that we should treat our injured veterans better, let your member of Congress know that you oppose Trump's proposal.

Angry Voter On Line 1, Sir

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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