Sunday, July 28, 2013
Ex-VA leader decries explosion of service-connected aliments
As a Vietnam veteran, Principi said, "I will be able to file a claim for prostate cancer, heart disease or any of the other named diseases if I get sick at age 92 or 102. If any of those diseases contribute to my death, at any age, my widow will get the same compensation as the surviving spouse of a service member killed in Afghanistan. … You don’t have to be Einstein to predict the effect of this on backlogs and timeliness."
VA data help make his case. In 2005, VA paid $26.6 billion in disability compensation. This year it will pay out $60.2 billion.
Principi isn’t calling for current payments to be cut or stopped. He proposes more modest reforms to restore the trust of the American people in the VA disability compensation system.” He wants future disability awards aimed at VA’s core mission” and not dispersed to remedy every problem imaginable for every veteran.
He proposes a cutoff date, either of age or years since Vietnam service, for Agent-Orange-related disabilities.
Continue Learning: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/07/06/2667683/ex-va-leader-decries-explosion.html