Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008 | 2:09 p.m.
No politician is anti-veteran, so it isn’t exactly earth shattering when one calls a press conference to express support for the country’s military.
But that’s what state Sen. Dina Titus did today in her campaign for the 3rd Congressional District seat against Jon Porter.
In her short speech the Democrat didn’t get much beyond the usual rhetoric about a commitment to veterans and a need to do more for them, but she did mention two specific initiatives she supports: the new GI Bill for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and repealing the remaining Disabled Veterans Tax.
As it stands now, a retired veteran rated with a 50 percent disability or less has his retirement benefit reduced by the amount he receives in disability compensation. Titus said she would introduce legislation to change that, so all disabled veterans regardless of disability rating get both their retirement benefits and disability benefits.
“It’s amazing to me we penalize people who come back disabled,” Titus said.
She also said she would work on streamlining the vast bureaucracy of Veteran Affairs – an almost Herculean task. Pressed for specifics on how to accomplish that goal, she mentioned one step could be computerizing the medical records system to make it easier to access the information.