Veteran’s benefits were voted down in 2015 and unfortunately the issue is still lingering. Did you know that 41 senators voted down on veterans and blocked a bill from being passed regarding veterans getting their benefits? The whole purpose behind the benefits being written up was to improve upon the benefits that veterans were receiving.
The bill was created in 2014, and the core concept behind the creation of the bill was to ensure that combat veterans coming home from Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan. Medical services for veterans had been lacking in not only the true professionalism of doctors, but also in the level of care that they were receiving both in the doctor’s offices as well as in the hospitals.
The good news is that in 2015, a bill was passed to improve the medical services for veterans. The one question that veterans and their family members still have is what was in that bill?
Today, I’m going to share with why veteran’s benefits were voted down the first time, and what’s happening to make positive change in veteran’s care.
Understanding Why Veteran’s Benefits Were Voted Down
The Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits of Military Retirement Pay and Restoration Act was voted down in 2014. This was the original bill that was up for voting, and was intended in order to provide veterans with better care.
The bill was written up to provide more than $21 billion dollars to improved medical services for veterans. Another important part of this bill was to accommodate the cost-of-living that is incurred every year, and it’s also designed to help provide caregivers of veterans a monthly stipend to assist them in their willingness to help their loved ones.
Senators wanted to see that veteran’s benefits were voted down because they felt that the monthly stipend for caregivers was too great of an expense to carry in the bill.
The bill was originally focused more on the families of those who were serving post 9-11, but as more problems were arising within the VA medical centers, there was much speculation on whether or not the bill should extend well beyond the post 9-11 veterans.
Bernie Sanders was the first one to introduce the bill and was an independent candidate. More importantly, Senators tried to make a case against the bill being passed because of debt.
Didn’t President Obama continue to print money while our country was already $18 trillion dollars in debt? If he is willing to print money, at least consider other areas in which you could spend that money. Isn’t that fair enough?
The reality is that the veterans are the ones fighting for this country and our freedoms. Why is it that veterans would then be the last considered for improved medical services and care? Why are the caregivers that stand by the side of hurting warriors not considered for jobs and stipends?
It’s so important that veterans get the care they need. These men and women put their lives on the line at every turn, and they never think twice about standing up for you and your right to vote, your right to have a family, your right to choose a career, and you’re various other freedoms.
Today, I would encourage you to think about how you’re going to vote. Vote value. That’s all I can tell you. Don’t let veterans benefits were voted down happen again.
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