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The simple rule of thumb is that all retired disabled veterans deserve concurrent receipt of retirement and military pay. The Bush administration created classes of veterans to avoid paying to all veterans. The combat related injury category was created and thus began the worthy or not worthy argument for disabled veterans. The chapter 61 retirees will be taken care of in the 2010 budget submitted for the defense department. That leaves the over 400,000 retired disabled veterans still paying for their own disability. There have been small victories in the battle for concurrent receipt, but the true enemies of this issue have been the veteran service organizations themselves. Obama in a speech to the VFW prior to his winning the election stated that he would end the veterans disability tax as one of his first priorities if elected. We already see that this promise has been broken, since only Chapter 61 retirees are covered in the 2010 NDAA. The under 50% disabled left out again.
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