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Letter for Sunday, January 1, 2023

Congress must act

Disabled veterans are grossly under-compensated. They have been asking Congress for fair pay since 1918.

This injustice is causing enlistments to dry up.

In fiscal year 2023, a totally disabled veteran with no dependents is compensated at the ridiculous rate of $43,463.40.

The National Average Wage Index for 2021 was $60,575.07 per annum and the median income for 2021 was $70,784.

The per capita GDP in 2021 was $69,288.

The basic reason for their gross under compensation situation is because they are only compensated for projected loss of wages due to their disabilities.

They are not compensated for their low quality of life so as to keep taxation low for the wealthy elites.

So the people that had their assets and overseas business interests protected the most by our broken former troops, pay essentially nothing to support them in their brokenness.

Congress must correct this now!

Anita Anne Eckerson, Honolulu
Source: The Garden Island

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