The illnesses involved range from diabetes, for which 270,000 veterans receive Agent Orange-related checks, to erection dysfunction. ‘And taxpayers may quickly be responsible for a lot more: VA said Mon that it will add cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease and specific types of leukemia to the list of conditions that might be connected to Agent Orange.’ The total cost of the new payments are estimated at $42 billion over a decade. Budget watchers say the evidence is too thin to invest so much money on the chance of a connection. ‘The irony that the veterans who saved this country are now, in a way, not helping us to save lots of the national nation in this fiscal mess,’ said Previous Wyoming Sen.The mix of lower benefits and higher expenses means many more seniors will possess trouble making ends meet this year, said Larry Hyland, chairman of The Senior Citizens League. More of them will need to make very difficult choices and scale back on basic points such as health care and utilities. Almost 70 % of beneficiaries depend on Social Protection for 50 % or even more of their income. Social Security is the sole income source for 15 % of beneficiaries. TSCL supports crisis COLA legislation and opposes any deficit reduction proposals that could cut the COLA.
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