The CBO is a sort of non-partisan think tank (a body of experts providing advice and ideas on specific political or economic problems) that serves to provide Congress with facts for current and future legislation.
The CBO is chartered to investigate and report their research on any and all topics related to the budget of the United States.
The topic, Eliminate Concurrent Receipt of Retirement Pay and Disability Compensation for Disabled Veterans comes up every year as a matter of routine. Other topics regarding the economic values of veterans benefits may also be reported on.
The CBO is doing its job to investigate and report all options that will help to lower the enormous deficit America currently carries.
Some veterans service organizations seize this CBO report as an opportunity each year to frighten veterans into reading their magazines and joining their membership. The articles they publish are inflammatory and meant to scare you.
The fact is that there is no current legislative action happening that could bring this option to fruition.
Veterans benefits are one of the oft mentioned 3rd rail of politics. Most politicians won't ever write a piece of legislation that takes away a veterans current benefits. While some legislation does change the benefits structure of future military veterans, that sort of change is routine and represents progress...whether you agree with it or not.
As a concerned veteran you'll always want to know about and understand potential legislation that will affect your future. What you don't want to do is to allow the veterans service organizations to use you and upset you over events that aren't ever likely to happen.
Stay aware, be involved. Don't panic and carry on!
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