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VA chief: Time to rethink disability system; current setup ‘not sustainable’

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It’s time to rethink a veteran disability system that “incentivizes disability,” Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said during a Friday forum in Washington, the same day President Trump signed new VA accountability legislation.   

“Our current disability system that is designed from 50, 60 or 70 years ago….. I would suggest it’s not sustainable and it may not be achieving the results of well-being for our veterans,” Shulkin said at an event organized by the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative. 
 
“Our system incentivizes disability, when our system should be incentivizing health and well-being.” 

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.militarytimes.com

The nation we served does not need to balance the budget on the backs of veterans who served them honorably. 

 

I’m disturbed that Sec Shulkin thinks Unemployability is the same thing as Unemployment insurance as he did in his hearing on the budget in June of 2017.

 

Now he has trotted out that old line that “the VA system incentivizes disability”. The VA system is a struggle for most veterans a struggle to get some assistant to help them lead a fuller life after giving up a piece of themselves for our country.


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