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by Robert Naiman category: Politics
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has put forward a righteous proposal to use money authorized by Congress for the Afghanistan war - which experts agree is more money than needed to wind down the war - to pay for a package of veterans' benefits, including reversing the cut to military pensions in the Ryan-Murray budget deal. Senator Sanders' bill has been endorsed by at least 18 military and veterans organizations, including the VFW.
As economists Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes have long argued, caring for veterans is a key cost of going to war, and we undercount the cost of war if we ignore the future cost of caring for veterans. In addition to providing direct benefit to veterans, Senator Sanders' bill, if enacted, will help right the dangerous wrong of pretending that veterans' care is not a war cost.
On Wednesday morning, January 29, the Twitterverse will be talking about the plan of action for 2014 that the President put forward in his State of the Union address. White House officials will be answering questions at #AsktheWH. Help us push Senator Sanders' bill to help veterans into the national conversation about 2014 priorities by joining our Thunderclap.
Robert Naiman is Policy Director of Just Foreign Policy. Just Foreign Policy is agitating for Washington politicians to acknowledge the true costs of war.