Sunday, July 8, 2018

When will Vietnam veterans stop being worth less?

On a personal note, Donna and Denny belong to the same Chapter of the DAV as we do, Chapter 16 Orlando. 

They are part of the generation who ended up being told we are worth less than the newer generations. The other problem is, it also means that Gulf War, Korean War and remaining WWII generations are also worth less.

Donna and Denny, along with the DAV, fight for all generations of disabled veterans and that is the way it should be. If you want to know where almost everything known on PTSD came from, that was also the DAV when they commissioned the research on The Forgotten Warrior Project! Ironic that we are still forgotten!

Why Are Vietnam Vets, Families Still Waiting for VA Caregiver Benefits?
By Richard Sisk
8 Jul 2018
"Just look at the Vietnam veterans, the way they were treated. There's a lot of guilt there," said Meyer, who lost his right leg above the knee and the thumb, index finger and middle finger of his right hand to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

Disabled Vietnam War veteran Bill Czyzewski joins about 150 other disabled veterans in a 2016 cycling event at Gettysburg, Pa. Although Congress passed a bill to provide benefits for caregivers of such veterans, about $55 billion in funding must be found. (DoD photo/EJ Hersom).
"I just think it's very unfair, the inequity of it all. You give up so much," Donna Joyner said of the wall put up by Congress at the Department of Veterans Affairs that has separated one generation of family caregivers to disabled veterans from another.

Joyner, the wife and caregiver to her husband, triple amputee Vietnam veteran Dennis Joyner, has been among the thousands who are ineligible for training and modest stipends under the VA Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program that was limited to post-9/11 veterans by a law passed in 2010.

On June 6, President Donald Trump signed the VA Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act, or VA Mission Act, which was primarily aimed at expanding private health care options through the VA.

As part of the Mission Act, the caregivers program was expanded to eliminate the 9/11 limitation in stages and eventually extend the benefit to veterans of all eras.

The first expansion would go to caregivers of veterans who suffered severe, service-connected wounds or injuries before May 1975, when the Vietnam War ended for the U.S.
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