Many veterans get a VA disability check every month and yet are not disabled. They hold full-time jobs, and some make six-figure salaries and yet take disability checks from Veterans Affair for $1,000 to $2,000 a month.
For example, a retired 06 colonel retires after 20 to 30 years of active service. Retirement check is $4,000 or more per month. Has a 70 percent VA disability rating. Gets a VA check monthly $1,200 to $1,500. Holds a full-time federal government job as a GS15. This is a six-figure salary.
So you tell me, is that person disabled? Does this person need a VA disability check? This person gets all the services that go along with the VA and retirement from the military. Very costly to the taxpayers. Go to JBLM and other military bases you will find a huge number of triple-dippers.
VA compensation should be for the veterans who are truly disabled. But because of this policy, the true disabled veteran can’t get half of what he needs and only gets enough to barely make ends meet, while others are making big salaries and drawing a welfare check from the VA claiming disability.
No wonder the Department of Defense and other federal agencies are on furlough. This is a policy that needs to change. If someone makes a certain amount of money and is able to hold a full-time job, they do not need a VA disability check in my opinion.