VA Benefits at a Crossroads: Time to Find Solutions
Social spending on veterans has provided tremendous returns for the nation. The original GI Bill of 1946 is a good example of targeted social spending and allowed an entire generation of World War II veterans to access higher education and realize upward social mobility. The new Post 9/11 GI Bill holds promise to do the same for this generation of veterans. Congress and the nation must decide the focus of Veterans Affairs disability benefits, whether the Dole-Shalala recommendations of rehabilitation, training and return to the workforce are appropriate, or the current system of lifetime compensation for potential lost earnings capacity. Whichever direction is appropriate, Congress and America must decide how best to compensate veterans for their sacrifices in service to our nation.