VA Secretary Now Supports Dropping IU Cut

National VFW - 6/18/2017

During a hearing of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on Wednesday, Senator Dean Heller (R–Nev.) challenged Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin to explain why the Administration would propose a cut to Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits and expressed concern that disabled veterans would be significantly impacted by the proposal. After hearing from the VFW and veterans, "it became clear that this would be hurting some veterans and this would be a take away from veterans who can’t afford to have those benefits taken away and I’m really concerned about that,” Shulkin responded, "I’m not going to support policies that are going to hurt veterans.” "The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is pleased to see that Secretary Shulkin no longer supports this devastating cut to Individual Unemployability benefits,” said VFW National Commander Brian Duffy, "We have made progress in defeating this ill-advised cut. It shouldn’t have been proposed to begin with. Balancing budgets on the backs of veterans is something the VFW will never tolerate.”  Read the full statement here.