UPDATE to VFW on Deficit Talks and Veterans
Fred Burns, the VFW Washington Office Director of Administration and Operations, attended a meeting this afternoon in the Roosevelt Room of the White House with representatives from other veteran and military service organizations, and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, and Jon Carson, Director of Public Engagement.
No new information was given concerning the ongoing debt negotiations or what protections veterans and military family programs will receive. Ms. Jarrett did express that she believes the military will continue to be paid in the event of a default and that payment priorities will be set.
During the question and answer period, Mr. Burns asked if the President's strong commitment to veterans and military families remains the same. Mr. Carson answered with a resounding "Yes!"
The VFW maintains its position to not agree to any Administration or Congressional proposal to deny or limit any health care program or benefit to eligible veterans, or to increase fees on any eligible veterans, service members, their families or survivors.
ROBERT E. WALLACE
VFW Washington Office