As a veteran, I would like to wish all the veterans in our community a happy Veterans Day and thank them for their service it keeps our country safe and secure. I served in the U.S. Navy from 1969-1972.
As our elected representatives discuss balancing the national budget, I think it is prudent to point out that the chained CPI benefit cut to Social Security and Veterans' benefits is an unnecessary cut that disrespects the people who made our country great.
About 9.3 million veterans received Social Security benefits in 2009. Cuts to Social Security through the chained CPI benefit cut would hurt those veterans, not to mention vets who receive Veterans Pension benefits, Veterans Disability Compensation and others who receive Dependency and Indemnity Compensation. All of these programs are unjustly targeted by the chained CPI benefit cut.
I join the numerous groups representing veterans, including the Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, in opposing the chained CPI which would affect veterans' programs and Social Security. I urge you and Congressman Tim Ryan and Congressman Bill Johnson to do the same.
John R. Dyce