Veterans furious about proposed new tax

Veterans groups are furious over a proposal they say amounts to a tax.

A controversial proposal to charge service members more than two-thousand dollars for benefits under the G.I. Bill has veterans groups seeing red. The plan the House Veterans Affairs Committee will take up next week would deduct 100 dollars a month from the pay of armed services members who sign up to receive education benefits after they leave the military.

VFW Leader Brian Duffy says “The war on terrorism is not over! Congress’ focus should be on defeating our enemies and ending the war, not cutting the benefits of those who are fighting it.” The VFW has proposed a hashtag campaign: #NoTaxOnTroops

The deductions would go on for two years. Veterans groups call the plan a tax. The House Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the proposal next week. 

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