The Veteran Affairs Department is cutting disabled veterans benefits and dropping their caregivers. This dishonorable act is repulsive and a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948.

Article 25 – 1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

Congress must hold the Veterans affairs department accountable for their actions and launch an #investigation into this matter. I would like to know why are benefits being cut and are the funds being allocated to other government projects? When elected, I will introduce legislation that will require the V.A Dept. to interview disabled veterans before cutting their benefits. Furthermore, a written statement from a Doctor stating that the disabled veterans do not require any further medical services will be required before cutting benefits for disabled vets.

At its outset in 2011, families of veterans overwhelmed the VA with applications to become official caregivers. A program designed for 4- to 5,000 has now grown to nearly 23,000 approved caregivers. Alishia Graham had been on the program for six years, but she’d been hearing rumors from around the country of veterans getting dropped without experiencing improvements in their disability.

“I was watching as all these caregivers were going up to their re-assessment. And one by one … they were dropped,” says Graham.

The VA denies any cuts to the size or funding of the caregiver program.

“The program is not cutting back in any way,” says Meg Kabat, director of the VA Caregiver Support Program. “We’ve been able to expand the number of caregiver support coordinators and really continue to monitor that. We also train our staff on a regular basis.”