J. Marc Burgess, National Adjutant
IU proposal ‘dead’
Over the past few months, we have received a great deal of feedback regarding some important matters potentially impacting injured and ill veterans. I’m glad you are all staying up to date on the issues, and I know it has spurred many of you into action by engaging through our DAV CAN (Commander’s Action Network) and by becoming Benefits Protection Team leaders.
To illustrate the important work our team leaders undertake, I want to highlight a major win for disabled veterans that came to light during our national convention: defeat of proposed changes to Individual Unemployability—or IU.
During this year’s Service and Legislative Seminar at the convention, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee ranking member Rep. Tim Walz announced, to great applause, that the proposal to stop IU benefits for veterans at the age of 62 will not move forward.
“The [IU] piece is dead. That will not happen,” Walz explained. “It’s just not fair, and all of you in this room understand this.”
He noted that outcry from the veterans community was largely to thank for the reversal of this proposal.
“Dr. Shulkin took some feedback, and this week he told me we’re changing course on that—we’re not going to do it,” Walz said.
I know many of you have expressed concern, and rightfully so, about the potential effects this would have had. A number of you also asked how you could get involved and help ensure this proposal did not become a reality.
Thanks to your ambitious efforts, nearly 26,000 messages were delivered through DAV CAN, voicing staunch opposition to this proposal.
Each year at our national convention, I am proud to share with you all what DAV has done throughout the year. And frankly, I am impressed at how much work your support makes possible for our fellow veterans and families. This is just one example of the incredible results your work has accomplished.
If you are one of the many who lent your voice to help defeat this harmful proposal, thank you. If not, I would encourage you to join the fight with us to oppose laws and policies that would negatively affect veterans.
Get involved through davcan.org or through your local Benefits Protection Team. Across the country, these men and women have been actively leading the fight to protect what veterans have earned through service. Thank you all for your continued support, and congratulations on a big victory for veterans!
If you want to find out more about the National Adjutant, you can find his biography here.