september 9, 2012

Newark Mayor Cory Booker Keeps Spotlight on Veterans During Appearance on ABC’s “This Week”

During his appearance, Booker spoke about specifics in the budget that proposed cuts to the VA that would drastically alter the benefits entitled to our men and women.

NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Cory Booker was a guest this Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” where he spoke about the work being done for veterans by the Obama Administration and what is at stake for the veteran population this election.

During his appearance, Booker spoke about specifics in the budget proposed by Congressman and Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan that proposed cuts to the VA that would drastically alter the benefits entitled to our men and women.

“I looked at the Ryan budget,” said Booker. “There were cuts to support services for veterans when they come home. If we're going to call ourselves the home of the brave, when our men and women come home, we should make sure they are taken care of back here at home.”

The budget proposed by Rep. Ryan calls for significant cuts to the Department of Veterans Affairs totaling $6 billion, the most dramatic cut to the Veteran’s system in its history. Specifically, the budget proposal looked to limit health care spending in the VA by canceling enrollment of any veteran who doesn’t have a service-related medical condition and is not indigent, a cut that will likely affect over 1.3 million American Veterans.

Mayor Booker also made note of the work done by the Obama Administration to assist veterans, including the VOW to Hire Heroes tax credit, which awards companies with a tax incentive of up to $9,600 for every veteran they hire.

“These are the kinds of investments that are not only about wars abroad, but when we people come home, we should be there and take care of them as a government. I'm happy to see the Obama campaign talking about doing more, from tax incentives as well as other programs.”

In addition to the tax credit, the VOW act also looks to help veterans connect to long term careers by providing funding for 99,000 veterans to be retrained in 21st century employment fields.

Mayor Booker has taken charge on veterans’ issues over the last three years, establishing Newark as a model for assisting veterans as they return home. Through his partnership with the GI Go Fund, they have been successful in helping veterans find jobs, get into college, connect to their benefits, increase their access to healthcare, as well as providing sensible solutions for veterans who find themselves in the criminal justice system, and helping them find a way off the streets and into a home of their own.