November 6, 2002
On Sunday November 10, Congressman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Senator John Kerry (D-Mass) will join veterans from across the Puget Sound region in demanding that the president fulfill his promise to America’s veterans and see concurrent receipt fully funded.
One of the most pressing concerns facing Congress when they return to Washington, D.C., is the issue of whether or not to fund concurrent receipt. In 1891, Congress enacted an unjust law that adversely affects approximately 550,000 disabled military retirees. As a result, service-disabled military retirees are required to surrender a portion of their retirement pay if they want to receive the disability compensation for which they also qualify.
Military retirees are the only category of federal employees required to offset their disability benefits with their retirement pay. For years, our government has short-changed the career servicemen and women who have sacrificed their health for the freedom and security of their fellow Americans. And for the last 17 years, legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives to correct this long-standing inequity. Both the House and Senate have passed bills this year authorizing concurrent receipt, but negotiators face a veto threat from the White House if full funding levels are sent to the president’s desk.
Members of the media are invited to attend the event. For further information on the event or to speak with Smith, please contact Katharine Lister at (202) 226-8454.
1:30p.m. – 3:00p.m. Congressman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) join Puget Sound veterans at a rally in support of concurrent receipt.
Where: VFW Wild West Post 91
2000 S. Union Ave., Tacoma
Take I-5 to exit #132, South 38th St/Hwy 16 exit
Take the Union Ave exit
Turn Right on Union Ave.