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.