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AARP voices concerns about Social Security, veterans cuts

The AARP says millions of dollars could be slashed from social security and veterans benefits in the Federal budget.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The AARP says millions of dollars could be slashed from social security and veterans benefits in the Federal budget.

Seniors have fought hard to protect social security. “We can't just sit back, we have to continue to work and say there is a better way of doing it,” said Robert O'Connor with the AARP.

President Barack Obama has said that none of the cuts are easy, but they are needed to deal with the country’s growing deficit.

The AARP says the proposed Federal budget would cut $225 million in benefits from seniors and veterans in Onondaga County. The budget would change the formula for the way those benefits are paid and could slash money to seniors by 15 to 30 percent a month.

“How do people choose between food and medicine or heat and medicine, or something else? Pretty soon they would be more on Medicaid, which is much more expensive,” O’Connor said.

The AARP says 87 percent of New Yorkers are against reducing Social Security benefits.

The agency has been lobbying lawmakers and sending emails and petitions to the White House to fight the cuts.

The President will formally release his budget on Wednesday.

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