I think its interesting that a few years ago it was the democrats who wanted to repeal the "widow tax" this was a big part of Nancy Pelosi's GI bill of rights. there has to be more to this bill than just veterans benefits, was anything attached to it?
you know the VA does a lot of good for our veterans, I have seen it first hand, before my grand father died I used to have to take him down to the VA hospital once a week, they would bring a wheel chair for him as soon as I would pull up, and as soon as we got inside someone would hand me $10 for diving him down there. and when he was on his death bed at JPS someone from the VA a picture of his old airplane and check in on him every few days which was nice. it took him about 3 months to finally pass, and during that time the hospital was billing the VA a little over $10,000 a week and they took care of everything. it was very nice, top notch care the whole time, the government did a good job taking care of him.
of course the whole time the conservative in me was thinking, this is costing the tax payers a lot of money. and it is socialized medicine, no denying that. there has to be a point at some place where you draw the line on benefits, where that line is I don't know.