Chairman of the Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission, targeting
- Chairman of the Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission, targeting
From The Larry Scott website:
Background story here... http://www.vawatchdog.org/old%
Lt. Gen. Terry Scott (U.S. Army, ret.), who is Chairman of the
Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission (VDBC), wants to study vets
who get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) as well as VA
The goal is an offset (reduction) in payments to veterans.
The VDBC's charter doesn't allow this, so, in an unconstitutional
move, he asked Congress to interpret their own law, to give him
permission to do this.
And, unbelievably, he's got that permission.
I have just two documents on this...more are on the way...including
legal arguments and a "civics lesson" from an attorney representing
a major veterans' service organization.
I will have a complete article later in the week...but, here's what
I have now.
Veterans...it's time to get angry.
Gen. Scott asked four Congressional Committees:
"Some Commissioners believe that this charge [the VDBC's charter]
should be interpreted broadly to mean all related benefits received
by disabled veterans under the laws of the United States to include
SSDI payments the Chairman would appreciate clarification of the
intent of Congress in writing or in person during the next
Commission public meeting May 19, 2006"
I have received copies of two responses.
They are reproduced, in part, below.
First, is a letter to Gen. Scott signed jointly by Rep. Steve Buyer
(R-IN), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs and
Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID), Chairman of the Senate Committee on
"It is our opinion that you are not limited to evaluating only those
benefits created for veterans, and a review of the mandate does not
restrict your examination to title 10 or title 38...we would find
helpful a thorough review of benefits provided in their totality. To
look at the benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) to the exclusion of others
will not provide Congress with a complete understanding of the
benefits that are provided to veterans and their survivors."
Second is a letter to Gen. Scott signed jointly by Rep. Duncan
Hunter (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services and
Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO), Ranking Member of the same Committee:
"It is our view that a comprehensive review under the laws of the
United States would inescapably include an examination of the Social
Security Disability Insurance program and that the Commission would
be remiss in its responsibilities if it were to choose to ignore any
form of Federal compensation provided to such veterans."
Well, it looks like a done deal. Now Gen. Scott must get the entire
13-member VDBC to vote on this at the May 19 meeting.
Right now it appears the panel is close to evenly divided on the
I think it's time to make a big noise.
Gen. Scott's email at the VDBC is:
This email is good for all Commission members.
The Commission's phone number is: (202) 756-7729
That's it for now. More info to follow later this week including a
legal analysis of the situation.