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house Bill H.R. 1816

Should the Government Stop Counting Money From the VA as "Income" When Calculating a Vet's Housing Assistance Eligibility?

Argument in favor

Veterans have earned the benefits they receive from the VA for medical purposes, and it makes no sense for those funds to be counted as income which in turn prevents them from getting housing assistance.

PacificCstar's Opinion
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05/20/2015
Let's not be stingy with Veterans. They are only 1% of the population and they served their country. We need to stop thanking them for their service and start showing them we actually appreciate that they went to Germany, The South Pacific, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan in our place. This isn't a salary negotiation, it's repayment for our personal safety and comfort.
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05/19/2015
Since when have health benefits ever been seen as any form of "income?" Stop the BS and give the veterans their due; they've earned that much respect.
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Vivian's Opinion
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05/21/2015
If some retirees don't have to declare social security benefits, surely, surely there's no need for Veterans to declare the compensation they receive for service and often irreversible harm to their mental and physical persons.
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Argument opposed

All income that a person receives has to be counted that way when HUD disburses housing assistance — whether it’s from a pension, Social Security, or VA medical payments.

Joey's Opinion
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05/20/2015
The rules should be the same for everyone. However, what we should be asking is "Are the current veterans pensions sufficient?"
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Diane's Opinion
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05/20/2015
Give the veterans everything they need and more. They served our country
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Hannah's Opinion
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05/19/2015
If not counting money from the VA would make our vets more eligible for housing then, no, it should not be counted. There are more vacant houses than homeless people in the U.S. Our vets are important. They took care of us, let's take care of them.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • The house Passed May 18th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedApril 15th, 2015

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
  • action
    Mr. Luetkemeyer moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
  • action
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
  • action
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1816.
  • vote
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • referral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • The house Passed May 18th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedApril 15th, 2015

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    Let's not be stingy with Veterans. They are only 1% of the population and they served their country. We need to stop thanking them for their service and start showing them we actually appreciate that they went to Germany, The South Pacific, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan in our place. This isn't a salary negotiation, it's repayment for our personal safety and comfort.
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    The rules should be the same for everyone. However, what we should be asking is "Are the current veterans pensions sufficient?"
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    Since when have health benefits ever been seen as any form of "income?" Stop the BS and give the veterans their due; they've earned that much respect.
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    If some retirees don't have to declare social security benefits, surely, surely there's no need for Veterans to declare the compensation they receive for service and often irreversible harm to their mental and physical persons.
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    Benefits don't equal income. Especially when those benefits are usually alloyed for medical or general living purposes.
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    We need to support and help our veterans as much as possible. They have paid enough already.
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    Can we please stop screwing our veterans now?
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    What a joke! As if vets physically, mentally and in most combat cases, "emotionally disabled", need any more hardship from the government. It should NOT be counted as income. When are the Feds going to get the point? Did George Bush required his two daughters up to go to Iraq in a combat support unit for the infantry? All these lawmakers who cry, "war time", are rarely if ever mothers and fathers who would ever send their kid to combat! Yet have no problem with any other parent doing their service as long as it doesn't affect their family or lifestyle. When are we going to get it people? Our vets need to best care we can get them, combat or not. For every one person in the infantry there are 9 support personnel. Combat or not, God Aweful amounts of vets have PTSD and we give them pathetic care. Now we need to make it harder to have a roof over their head? Common people the only reason corporations live in the luxury they do is because of our diplomacy and military. Roughly 22% of 33% percent taxes on your check go to "corporate subsidies"! I don't remember the last Version, Chevy or any other corporate executive was sleeping in dirt, eating MRE's and taking rounds. We bailed Chevy out, and the CEO was whining about his 35 million dollar salary getting reduced? Unbelievable to say the least! The top 400 wealthiest people in America make more than 50% of our population combined? It's time we step up to the plate, pull our heads out of our a*=#ss and take care of those who take care of us! Housing should not even be a concern for vets.
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    As a Veteran who can't work, yet not appropriate for a job program, it is the disability I do receive that makes me ineligible and barely living 1st to 1st every month.
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    Often there is not much left of a disabled veteran's ability to function in society in a noble and dignified way. Do not means test anyone who has a combat related disability regardless of their income.
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    Finding a home or employment is tough enough for every veteran who's no longer part of the military. This will help them manage everyday life concerning their income rate in civilian life.
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    Yes! That's the same as the dirty trick of taxin Social Security. This however is just a ruse to deny veterans their benefits. Despicable.
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    The vets are getting the shaft at every turn. How dare money be taken away from them to out into programs for illegals. That is shameful!
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    Leave the disabled veteran tax exempt.
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    Yes, VA benefits should not be counted as "income". They are generally compensation for disabilities directly resulting from military service.
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    It's seems that the only thing government can do right is screw something up! It's really good at screwing things up. During the last government shutdown 80% of federal workers were furloughed because they are non essential personnel, if they are non essential why do they even have jobs? Fire these non essential employees then there will be plenty of money to take care of veterans.
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    Our vets are treated like second class citizens.
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    Makes sense to me.
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    Our nations Veterans are treated horribly. We need to streamline the VA strip it from corruption.
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    Duh...
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