Saturday, February 5, 2011

Repeal The Disabled Veterans Tax

The American Cold War Veterans are asking Congress to put an end to the unfair tax being placed on veterans who are receiving disability pay, or Social Security Disability Income and retirement benefits.

Under current law, veterans face a dollar for dollar reduction from their retirement pay for any disability benefits they receive.

There is a program which started in 2004 and ends in 2013 that is being phase- in  that will partially fix the problem. The ten year program will take too long, and is not enough. It will only affect a veteran with a 50 percent disability rating from the Veterans Affairs.

Last year there were two bills introduced that would have put an end to this unjust treatment of our injured veterans. Neither bill progressed out of committee and died with the end of the 111th Congress.

These bills are being reintroduced this year they are The Retired Pay Restoration, and The Disabled Veterans Termination Act.

We call upon the current Congress to act quickly to pass these two very important bills, and put an end to the concurrent pay laws, and allows a veteran to receive the full amount that they are entitled to.

The American Cold War Veterans are urging equal and just treatment for all veterans, regardless of when or where they served our country.

It is only fair that after these brave men and women have sacrificed, left their loved ones far behind and faced danger every day for our country; that now our country return the respect and give them what is due and just.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996