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Proposed cuts in veterans' retirement benefits draw protests

A pileup of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Roanoke, Virginia, is shown in this undated handout photo. REUTERS/Gove
A pileup of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Roanoke, Virginia, is shown in this undated handout photo. REUTERS/Gove

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTVB) - Veterans’ groups are outraged at the new federal budget bill. Paul Reickoff with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America says the new budget slashes veterans’ retirement benefits. According to Reickoff, you can expect to see about an $85,000 decrease in retirement benefits over the course of a lifetime. Reickoff says Congress should find other areas to trim in the defense budget besides these benefits for people who have served, sometimes eight or nine tours.

Meanwhile, The Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing a standardized disability-claim process Pete Hegseth with Concerned Veterans For America says the new process would place an unfair burden on disabled vets. Right now he says veterans can submit disability claims in a variety of ways. They can even write a note.  The new way would require vets to submit completed forms either online or in person.  The V.A. says the new process would help claims get processed faster.  The department has a backlog of 400,000 disability claims.

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