Less for a Vet’s Widow

I’ve read conflicting reports about whether or not our government will be cutting veteran benefits. I don’t recall reading anything about it being a done deal.

However, when I took my 77-year-old widowed neighbor grocery shopping on Friday, she gave me the facts. The annuity amount that she receives for her deceased husband’s military service has been cut by $24.20 a month effective March 1st. The explanation is that new tax laws and new tax tables require additional federal income tax payments from her.

Now that may not seem like much of a cut. However, it’s less than what it was. And now that small monthly check no longer covers her grocery costs.

That just doesn’t seem right to me. In fact, it seems underhanded. And I ask, have our legislatures experienced a decrease in their monthly take-home pay? If not, why?

Do our public servants consider themselves more privileged than the people who have personally sacrificed for our freedom? More privileged than we, the people, who voted them in to ethically represent out best interests?

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