New Plan to Increase Toxic Exposure Benefits Could Cost Nearly $300 billion

A new analysis issued this week by the Congressional Budget Office outlined that congressional plans to drastically increase disability payments for military hazardous exposure victims may cost about $85 billion in the next five years and more than $280 billion over the next decade.

According to an article published by Military Times, “The hefty price tag is likely to cause significant concern among lawmakers considering the legislation, which advocates have argued is needed to properly compensate veterans for the injuries they received while serving overseas. But in a statement, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano, D-Calif., said he is still committed to passing the measure into law,”

Relevant pages: Veterans Disability