Professor: Disability checks harmful to veterans



By Marketta Davis

A West Point professor and Iraq War vet wants the government to limit veteran disability benefits in favor of incentives to work.

Lt. Col. Daniel M. Gade, himself an amputee, shared his vision with Pensacola residents during the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club monthly meeting Friday.

“Too many veterans become financially dependent on monthly disability checks, choose not to find jobs, and lose their sense of identity and self-worth that can come from work,” Gade said.

At the core of Gade’s theory is the belief that disability checks designed to help disabled vets might actually be harmful to them by possibly causing a sense of dependability.

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