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Trump and TDIU for Vets on SSDI or SSA

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I just heard on the news that Trump proposes to cut benefits for TDIU vets who are also getting SSA.   This is the guy who said he was going to take care of vets?

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The only positive thing I can see about this IU/SS issue is that the same proposal has come up for at least the last 4 years and never went through.  I have contacted all my congress reps, and called some of them, and tweeted to the Sec of VA, and POTUS, without any feedback.  And have signed petitions, which will never go anywhere of course.

The most convincing argument for me, to not take away this benefit, is that those of us on the benefit have planned the twilight years of our lives around the benefit.  We received assurances like P&T, and no future exam is scheduled, and the 10 and 20 year thresholds that guarantee the benefit and our spouses certain benefits.  It is not like we can say ok, its not gonna work so we have to go back to the past and make a new plan.

I do wonder about all the federal regulations that would have to be changed to make the taking away of this benefit lawful.  And I do worry about other than the financial implications; I expect the suicide rate will double by veterans within a few months of the implementation of this inhumane VA budget proposal.

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John999

Good to see you back on  Buddy

Was wondering about ya.

I been getting  TDIU P&T since 2002   Also.

John999,

 you should check e benefit's and look and see how they have you rated?...if you get SMC S H.B. 1 that may have made your IU moot & the SMC boost your rating critera on up to meet the 100% scheduler.

you have a 100% final degree rating  then you should be 100% scheduler. (just my opinion) 

About all we can do about this cutting IU benefits is complain and sign petitions and call POTUS hotline.

WH Hotline # for Veterans  855-948-2311

We will definitely lose our home if this passes  so were thinking about selling out at least make a decent profit and start over.

I am so freaking tired about worrying about the VA and the way they make us worry Always having in back of my mind rather or not I'll get that reduction letter in benefits for some unknown reasons VA BS & Now this IU / SSA Cut.

 There's just no excuse for this.  causing most of us IU Vets the anguish/ stress this brings.  Bad for our old health   and our S.C. Disability's

I voted for Trump based on some of the issues in his campaign speech and I had figured he was a fairly good business man  and he said he would take care of the Veterans .

If this  IU Issue passes  I know I made a bad choice .

but this has not PASSED and I still count on President Trump to keep his promise 

  I have not gave up on President Trump......just yet!

Its about I/ all we can do.

JMO

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It is not fair!  Trump is not aware of this I hope.

 

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Hey Buck

 

                  Anyone who understands the implications of taking away IU or SSDI from older or younger vets would not say we are "double dippers".   I believe this is how Trump described us.  I guess in his mind someone who gets SSDI and IU is gaming the system.  I paid into SSA for at least 30 years.  I have more or less planned my "golden years" based on my IU income and my SSA income.  I do have a pension, but if I subtract $1500-2000 from it then I need a new plan.  So if I lose IU then my wife loses ChampVA and her DIC?  I lose my tax exemptions and it means I will have extra costs.  Getting IU and SSA makes it possible for me to live without excess fear of dying broke.

                I have not been posting so much due to old neck injury that makes typing painful after a few minutes.  I remember mentioning to my old psychologist that the VA has been known to sweep in and attempt to reduce a vet's rating just before they hit 20 year mark.  The psychologist said very unlikely they VA would do this since I have been IU for so long and am 67 years old and p&t with HB.  Now I question his logic and think I was right to be fearful and suspicious of VA intentions. Congress has come up with these ideas before as Berta says.  It has been long term policy of VA that persons who can no longer work due to SC injuries/illness should be compensated at 100%.  If the VA is going to turn long term regulations on their heads and deprive over 200,000 of most severely disabled vets of IU then we can expect anything.  All this to give bigger tax cuts to rich people who never served a day in their lives.

 

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