Congressman Barrow: "America can do better than nickel and dime our retired veterans"
On the Monday before Congress is expected to return to Washington to continue debate and consideration of a federal budget proposal that imposes unfair health care cost increases on the nation's retired veterans, Augusta Congressman John Barrow (Georgia - 12th District) today joined with veterans from across the Augusta area to denounce the plan.
"America can do better than nickel and dime our retired veterans," Barrow said at a press conference held out front of the Augusta VA Medical Center. "These proposed increases are a slap in the face to the men and women who have served, and they send the wrong message to our soldiers fighting for our country over in Iraq and Afghanistan."
"The way I see it, our veterans have already paid for their healthcare," Barrow continued. "They paid for it through their service to our country. In exchange for giving us the best years of their lives, they were promised health care after they retired. That was the deal, yet some in Washington are unwilling to keep that deal now, and that's a disgrace."
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"Earlier this year, I held town hall meetings with veterans all over Georgia's 12th District," Barrow said. "And at every single meeting, one of the top concerns raised was this proposal to increase TRICARE premiums and fees. Even last week, at the town halls I hosted in many of the smaller rural communities, I heard from a lot of veterans who just don't understand how Congress can let this happen."