Retired Major General Paul Eaton Strongly Rejects Ben Carson's Call To End Veterans Affairs

Seattle, WA - Retired Major General Paul D. Eaton, speaking in his role as a senior advisor to the veterans organization,, today is responding to Dr. Ben Carson's idea of dismantling the Department of Veterans Affairs, and moving it into the Department of Defense.

In a statement, Maj. Gen. Eaton said:

“Dr. Carson’s writing a bad prescription, here.  Austerity should not fall on the backs of those who have given all they have for this country, in uniform.  When men and women enlist, we, as a nation, make a pact with them that they will be guaranteed care when they come home.  Eliminating the Department of Veterans Affairs, and telling our troops to save up money in a Health Savings Account, to take care of themselves when they return, is an insulting idea.  Rather than think of ways to nickel and dime our veterans, Dr. Carson should be thinking of other areas of fat in government – particularly in defense contracts – that can be cut, so we can hire more doctors and caregivers, to provide returning veterans with the kind of care they earned.”

Yesterday, in an interview, Dr. Carson said, "We don’t need a Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Affairs should be folded in under the Department of Defense" to reduce the size of government, and that servicemembers should establish Health Savings Accounts, to pay for their own post-deployment care.  

That interview is quoted here: 

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