What was that President Obama was saying about honoring a “sacred trust” with our veterans? One of them, 89-year-old World War II Navy veteran Joseph Teson came under heavy enemy fire aboard a landing craft on D-Day. And how is the government repaying his valor. By cutting his veteran benefits from $300 a month to $6.
According to Albany NBC affiliate WNYT (via Fox News), the decrease is to offset a past overpayment. No one would quibble with the need to correct clerical error, but by slashing the man’s monthly benefit to one-fiftieth of the previous amount?
Teson told reporters that in June 2013 he was notified by mail that the Department of Veterans Affairs had recomputed his “entitlement to compensation and pension benefits,” explaining:
Since you are currently receiving VA benefits, we plan to withhold those benefits until the amount you were overpaid is recouped.