Our disabled veterans are grossly under-compensated and have been for generations. This is most especially true for our totally and permanently disabled veterans. Our disabled veterans have been asking Congress for fair and adequate compensation since the end of World War I in 1918. That was 103 years ago. Where is it?

In 2021 a disabled veteran with no dependents is compensated at the ridiculous rate of $39,097.92 annually. The National Average Wage Index for 2019 was $54,099.99 per annum and the median income in 2019 was $68,703. In 2020, the per capita gross domestic product of the USA was about $62,000 a year, among the highest in the world. So why are our disabled veterans being compensated at such a miserly level?

Rob Burgess, Wabash Plain Dealer editor, may be reached by email at rburgess@wabashplaindealer.com.