This should make every American so upset because Congress just cut housing for our veterans yet tax dollars are given to illegals and “refugees” by the boatload. Our veterans should be our very first priority. This is outrageous!
One great comment to share about this cut in GI benefits:
It’s MY GI bill. I earned that. MY blood. MY sweat. MY tears. What I do with it shouldn’t be determined by a bunch of over paid, over educated, self absorbing out of shape political monkeys.
So much for passing it on. Thanks assholes.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would cut, by half, the housing stipend for children of service members going to school with transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.
The reduction, which would not apply to benefits already transferred or transferred within 180 days of the bill becoming law, was included to pay for other aspects of the legislation, according to a spokesman for the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
The bill, passed on a voice vote, includes measures on veterans health care, jobs and transition out of the military.
But the sharp reduction in the housing stipend, often one of the most valuable parts of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, has generated some pointed criticism and split military and veterans advocacy groups.
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Tim Walz, speaking on the House floor Tuesday, said that while the bill has “absolutely wonderful programs,” paying for those by reducing a benefit that service members have been promised “is an egregious breach of trust.”
“Why come to the soldiers first? There’s no other place in the federal government we can find this [funding]?” Walz asked.
A House Veterans Affairs Committee spokesman noted that the cuts are less drastic than those recommended by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, which called for a complete elimination of housing stipends for both military spouses and children using the GI Bill.
The spokesman said that while “a very small handful of Democrats” opposed cutting the stipend to pay for the bill, they didn’t offer an alternative funding source, so “we are moving forward with the bill in its current form.”
Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans both wrote letters favoring the overall bill, while making little or no reference to the housing stipend cuts.
“This comprehensive, bipartisan legislation contains numerous provisions that expand, improve and streamline veterans’ health care and benefits, consistent with many of the VFW’s priority goals,” VFW National Legislative Service Director Raymond Kelley wrote. “We look forward to working with you to ensure the passage of this important legislation.”
Some groups disagree.
Michael Little, director of legislative affairs for the Association of the United States Navy, said that it’s easier for veterans groups to overlook the stipend cuts, since most of their members would not be affected due to limited grandfathering provisions.
“That isn’t the case for AUSN,” Little wrote in an email to Military Times. “If Congress passes this bill, I will have to explain [it] to 400,000 sailors in the U.S. Navy, who are going to be blindsided by this attack on their earned benefits.”