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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.

Letter to
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki
Representative Bill Flores
Representative Ann Kirkpatrick
and 21 others
Representative Jon Runyan
Representative Dan Benishek
Representative Corrine Brown
Representative Gus Bilirakis
Representative Raul Ruiz
Representative Mark Amodei
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
Representative Jeff Denham
Representative Mike Coffman
Representative Paul Cook
Representative Julia Brownley
Representative Mark Takano
Representative Doug Lamborn
Representative Jeff Miller
Representative Jackie Walorski
Representative Michael Michaud
Representative Dina Titus
Representative Brad Wenstrup
Representative Tim Huelskamp
President of the United States
Stop the "VA math" used to reduce disability compensation. Give veterans what they've earned through their sacrifices.