Much has been made over the past week about the Congressional Budget Office report containing policy options for Congress to curb the rise in veterans disability payments.
Essentially, these policy options create more ways to deny veterans their full entitlement to a nation’s promise as honor for their service.
The charts contained within the report, released on August 7, show the baseline for which the CBO did its analysis and came up with its eight policy options, as well as the math for the projected cost savings for each option.
From the report:
Budgetary Effects of Selected Approaches
To Changing Veterans’ Disability Compensation
Trends in the Number of Veterans Receiving VA Disability Payments
And in Spending on VA Disability Compensation
Maximum Monthly Payment to a Disabled Veteran,
Married With One Child, 2014
Veterans Receiving VA Disability Compensation, By Era of Service
Average Annualized Payments for VA Disability Compensation, By Era of Service
There’s little surprising about these graphics. They demonstrate the cost of war once the hostilities end and servicemen and women return home — and a nation’s promise to care for them.
What is surprising is the cold, stark nature of the report and the ability to reduce every disabled veteran’s service to simply numbers on a line in the federal budget.
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