Sanders: Veterans to Hold News Conference on Veterans Benefits

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will be joined by The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other veterans’ organizations at a news conference today to oppose cuts in benefits for disabled veterans and their survivors.

A proposed change in how annual inflation adjustments are calculated by moving to a so-called chained CPI could mean that veterans who started receiving VA disability benefits at age 30 would have their benefits reduced by $1,425 at age 45, $2,341 at age 55 and $3,231 at age 65, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Who: Sen. Bernie Sanders

Dean Stoline, American Legion

Ray Kelley, Veterans of Foreign Wars

Joe Violante, Disabled American Veterans

Tom Tarantino, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

What: News conference on veterans’ benefits

When: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19

Where: 412 Russell Senate Building, Veterans’Affairs Committee

Contact: Michael Briggs 202 228-6492

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