New Bill Could Return Return Money To Disabled Veterans


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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Disabled veterans could soon be getting money to help with living expenses back thanks to a new bill coming together on Capitol Hill.

The more than $1 trillion bill would reverse a cut to cost-of-living expenses for veterans who left the military because they were hurt or are disabled.

Capitol Hill aides said the measure will reverse a one percentage point cut to those annual cost-of-living increases.

Those cuts were estimated to cost some veterans more than $120,000 over a 20-year period.

That money was taken away in last month's budget agreement and has left many vets wondering where they can turn for help.

It's an issue that local veterans said hurts the future of the armed forces.

"For the impact on military for recruiting, if someone says 'If they can do this to someone in the current roles now, what's the guarantee that I'm going to be able to do this?' It's always been a tradition that we're grandfathered," shared Don Hess, a member of a local chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.

More than 63,000 veterans are affected by those cuts. It's the loss of money that has fired up both veterans' groups and law makers on either side of the aisle.


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