Stop the "VA math" used to reduce disability compensation
  • Petitioned Eric K. Shinseki

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Eric K. Shinseki
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
California-10
Rep. Jeff Denham
Florida-01
Rep. Jeff Miller
Indiana-02
Rep. Jackie Walorski
Maine-02
Rep. Mike Michaud
Nevada-01
Rep. Dina Titus
Ohio-02
Rep. Brad Wenstrup
Kansas-01
Rep. Tim Huelskamp
Colorado-06
Rep. Mike Coffman
Colorado-05
Rep. Doug Lamborn
Texas-17
Rep. Bill Flores
Arizona-01
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick
New Jersey-03
Rep. Jon Runyan
Michigan-01
Rep. Dan Benishek
Florida-05
Rep. Corrine Brown
Florida-12
Rep. Gus Bilirakis
California-36
Rep. Raul Ruiz
Nevada-02
Rep. Mark Amodei
California-41
Rep. Mark Takano
California-26
Rep. Julia Brownley
California-08
Rep. Paul Cook

Stop the "VA math" used to reduce disability compensation

    1. Eric Tucker
    2. Petition by

      Eric Tucker

      SeaTac, WA

This practice denies veterans the benefits they have earned through sacrificing their health for our nation's freedoms. Through this practice, disabled veterans are reduced to living well below the poverty level, with no ability to work, because they sacrificed their health to protect our nation.

The way the VA calculates 'combined ratings' is as such, if a Veteran has 4 disabilities, rated at 60%, 20%, 10% and 10%, these equate, via VA Math, to a 70% combined rating for purposes of disability compensation.

This 70% currently equates to $1293.00 per month. That is what our country gives to a veteran who has a painful condition, causing tumors and scars covering 80% of his body, chronic mid back strains, a bone fragment causing his elbow to 'lock' and greater than 50% hearing loss and tinnitus. All resulting directly from military service.

All three doctors the VA has sent this veteran to for evaluations have stated that he is NOT employable and, yet, the VA expects him to live off of $1293/month, far below the 'poverty' level. Without the "VA math," He would be rated at 100% and receive $2816/month. This wouldn't make him 'rich', but would raise him out of complete poverty and compensate him for the work he can no longer do, because of his service.

Do you agree that this is not how veterans should be treated; that veterans harmed on active duty, that have lost the ability to support themselves because of their service, have earned the right to adequate financial support from our nation?

If you agree, please join with me in pushing the VA to stop using "VA math" to reduce the benefits given to veterans.

To:
Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Rep. Jeff Denham, California-10
Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida-01
Rep. Jackie Walorski, Indiana-02
Rep. Mike Michaud, Maine-02
Rep. Dina Titus, Nevada-01
Rep. Brad Wenstrup, Ohio-02
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Kansas-01
Rep. Mike Coffman, Colorado-06
Rep. Doug Lamborn, Colorado-05
Rep. Bill Flores, Texas-17
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona-01
Rep. Jon Runyan, New Jersey-03
Rep. Dan Benishek, Michigan-01
Rep. Corrine Brown, Florida-05
Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Florida-12
Rep. Raul Ruiz, California-36
Rep. Mark Amodei, Nevada-02
Rep. Mark Takano, California-41
Rep. Julia Brownley, California-26
Rep. Paul Cook, California-08
Stop the "VA math" used to reduce disability compensation. Give veterans what they've earned through their sacrifices.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. 100 Signatures reached!

      Eric Tucker
      Petition Organizer

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      Eric Tucker
      Petition Organizer

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    • Percy Diaz MIDDLETOWN, MD
      • about 1 year ago

      Not everyone does serve, let's give to all Veterans an honorable living conditions. It's the least we can do.

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    • Jessica Howard WASHINGTON DC, DC
      • about 1 year ago

      I believe they have earned the right to be supported.

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    • Desiree Zurn RIDGECREST, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      My husband is a veteran suffering from ptsd.

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    • andrew appelle MOUNTAIN HOME, ID
      • about 1 year ago

      ex Navy

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    • John Coffey BONNIEVILLE, KY
      • about 1 year ago

      Veterans deserve better than the Department of Veterans Affairs!

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