Veterans Group Outraged Over Budget Cuts

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Wednesday, 12 March 2003

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has labeled as "indefensible and callous" a plan by the House Budget Committee to slash $470 billion from domestic spending, including health care for sick and disabled veterans. The draft budget resolution would leave the $1.6 trillion Bush tax cut plan intact and allow huge spending increases on defense and homeland security.

DAV National Commander Edward R. Heath, Sr. expressed the organization's outrage at the spending cuts proposed in a March 12 House Budget Committee hearing. "You are asking veterans to swallow a bitter pill to remedy an illness of your own making," National Commander Heath said in a letter to Committee Chairman Jim Nussle (R-Iowa). "Cutting already under funded veterans' programs to offset the costs of tax cuts is indefensible and callous."

National Commander Heath cited a Congressional Budget Office report that the President's tax cut plan would cause a $1.8 trillion budget deficit over the next 10 years.

"You will be cutting benefits and services for disabled veterans at a time when we have thousands of our servicemembers in harm's way fighting terrorism around the world and when we are sending thousands more of our sons and daughters to fight a war against Iraq," Commander Heath wrote.

For more information, or to contact Disabled American Veterans (DAV), see their website at: www.dav.org

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