Friday, July 29, 2011

Vietnam Veterans of America: Budget Cuts Must Not Impact Veterans Programs

"However, the ill-advised and serious attempt in the Senate last week to curtail benefits to Vietnam veterans who are ill as a result of exposure to Agent Orange should have convinced all of us that veterans' benefits are in jeopardy. (John Rowan, VVA National President)

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) was one of the key veterans and military organizations present at a briefing at the White House late Tuesday regarding the potential impacts if the nation defaults on its loans on August 2.

"VVA maintains, and we hope that Democrat and Republican agree, that caring for veterans is part of the continuing cost of the national defense," said John Rowan, VVA National President.

"We want to make it clear," Rowan said, "that VVA will oppose any proposal that cuts benefits to veterans, our dependents, or our survivors. These benefits are earned, earned by service, earned by sacrifice, earned by blood spilled from WWII through the current conflicts. Similarly, we will oppose any cuts to already inadequate compensation for active-duty service members and their families, who continue to sacrifice so much."

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