Disabled American Veterans Decry Wrongheaded “Heartless” Budget Cuts



“If Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) wanted to make a name for herself by proposing to cut funding for veterans health care and disability compensation, she has succeeded. "Such an ill-advised proposal is nothing short of heartless," according to Disabled American Veterans Washington Headquarters Executive Director David W. Gorman.
"It is unconscionable that while our nation is at war someone would even think of forcing our wounded warriors to sacrifice even more than they already have," Gorman said. "Their injuries and disabilities were the result of their service to the nation, and our nation must not shirk its responsibilities toward them. How do you tell a veteran who has lost a limb that he or she has not sacrificed enough? Yet Rep. Bachmann wants to do just that."

We at Planet of the Blind applaud Director Gorman for his eloquent response to Rep. Bachmann’s deliberative grandstanding. This semester at the University of Iowa I am teaching a distance learning course on disability and wounded warriors in film and literature. Each day my students learn about veterans who return to the U.S. with complex disabilities: head trauma, blindness, loss of limbs, PTSD—and far worse, “poly-trauma” which is a fancy way of saying someone has more than one disability. One cannot imagine how Rep. Bachmann can conceive of cutting health care an disability compensation for veterans in a time of war. We can only imagine that Rep. Bachmann has never read a book. In fact this supposition seems more likely when one considers the nonsensical arithmetic of the Tea Partiers. In fact cutting spending on health care for veterans would actually increase the deficit. But of course understanding this requires what Huck Finn called “book learning” and we’re certain Rep. Bachmann doesn’t have time for that. 

From the Disabled American Veterans Website:

“The 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932, represents this nation’s disabled veterans. It is dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for our nation’s disabled veterans and their families. More information is available at www.dav.org.”




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