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A bill to ament title 10, United States code

In the Senate it is called S 392. In the House it is called H R 303.In the real world where retired and disabled veterans live, it is called the Disabled Veterans Tax.
In the Senate is called S.392
Title: A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to permit retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability to receive both military retired pay by reason of their years of military service and disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for their disability.
Sponsor: Sen. Reid, Harry M. [NV] (introduced 2/13/2003) Cosponsors: 65

In the House of Representatives it is called H.R.303
Title: To amend title 10, United States Code, to permit retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability to receive both military retired pay by reason of their years of military service and disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for their disability.
Sponsor: Rep. Bilirakis, Michael [FL-9] (introduced 1/8/2003) Cosponsors: 352

In the real world where retired and disabled Veterans live, it is known as:
Veterans Disability Tax. Because, that is what it is! A tax on the retirement pay of veterans because they are also disabled!

It would appear by the number of co-sponsors for these two congressional bills that they would easily be passed into law. Not the case! President Bush, Secretary Rumsfeldt, and Speaker of the House Hastert have continually delayed and action on these two bills. Even under constant pressure from veterans, action is refused, and a veto threat is issued by President Bush.

Veterans around the country have decided to place more pressure on Congress and letting each and every member know that if the veterans do not have passage on these two bills for full restoration of retirement pay for all veterans, Congress and the President will not have the veterans vote come election time. The Veterans have made this their single campaign issue that will transcend all political party lines. The Veterans vote can no longer be taken for granted by any single party. Many veterans have adapted the slogan of "OUT THE DOOR IN 2004!"

A word to congress, fully restore the retirement pay to all Disabled Veterans this year or learn what those unemployment lines really are like!

My vote will go to the politician that votes for full restoration of retired pay for ALL disabled/retired Veterans.