Wednesday, April 23, 2008

LA Times: John McCain receives disability pension

Republican presidential candidate John McCain's staff revealed April 21 that he receives a "disability pension" from the Navy. McCain released his tax return for 2007 on April 18 and
"separately disclosed that he received a pension of $58,358 that was not listed as income on his return," the Los Angeles Times reports.

McCain's staff said that McCain "was retired as disabled because of his limited body movements due to injuries as a POW."

McCain campaign strategist Mark Salter told the Los Angeles Times April 21 that McCain is technically disabled. "Tortured for his country -- that is how he acquired his disability," Salter said.

"McCain shattered his knee and broke both arms when he was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967," according to the Times story. "McCain spent 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi. After he was released in 1973, he returned home on crutches and began a painful physical rehabilitation."