Republican co-chair of President Obama's Deficit Commission, former Sen. Alan Simpson has turned his focus to a different topic: veterans receiving disability benefits as a result of being exposed to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. Speaking to the press, Simpson complained that these benefits run "contrary to efforts to control federal spending," and even went as far as to say that "the irony" is that "the veterans who saved this country are now, in a way, not helping us to save the country in this fiscal mess" Newsvine - Republican Alan Simpson: Veterans Who Are Agent Orange Victims Are 'Not Helping Us Save The Country' Simpson, an Army veteran and former chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, specifically questioned automatic disability awards to those affected by the defoliant Agent Orange, which the U.S. used during the Vietnam War. Simpson said the payments don't mesh with his panel's goal of reducing the debt. Fiscal commission co-chairman: Vets' benefits 'not helping' the debt crisis - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room --------------------------- Expect more of this if Republicans regain the house and senate. Consider what they want to do to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Imagine how they would "help" soldiers from Iraq.