Va Budget Significant Step Forward For Veterans

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    VA BUDGET SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD FOR VETERANS
    VFW still adamantly opposes Category 7 and 8 fee increases


    WASHINGTON (February 5, 2007) – The national commander of the largest organization of combat veterans in the nation called President Bush’s fiscal 2008 budget request for the Department of Veterans Affairs a significant step forward for America’s military veterans.

    “The administration is again demonstrating that funding a nation at war includes caring for her warriors when they return home,” said Gary Kurpius, a Vietnam veteran from Anchorage, Alaska, who leads the 2.4 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and its Auxiliaries.

    Released today was a $87 billion proposal for the VA that includes an increase in discretionary medical care funding to $34.2 billion, or almost $3 billion more than last year’s request, with significant increases in mental health care, and additional funding to help reduce a VA backlog that currently exceeds more than 870,000 claims. The administration’s request does fall short of what the VFW and three other veterans’ service organizations are recommending in their co-written Independent Budget, but Kurpius still called today’s request a significant step forward, and an excellent starting point for the new Congress.

    “The challenge for Congress now is to ensure that those areas that need additional funding are taken care of, and for both the House and Senate to ensure that a VA budget is approved before the government’s new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1,” he said.

    The VFW also calls upon Congress to reject the administration proposal to increase prescription co-payments and create annual enrollment fees for almost two million Category 7 and 8 veterans who do not have service-connected disabilities. The co-payment would jump 88 percent from $8 to $15 per monthly prescription. The enrollment fees would impact these veterans on a graduated scale of $250 to $750 per year and be based on family incomes.

    “We are very pleased with the overall direction of this budget and commend the president for not forgetting about America’s veterans,” said Kurpius, “but we remain adamantly opposed to the prescription co-payment increase and enrollment fees. Veterans should not have to pay for health care they earned.”
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    Bush sends $2.9 trillion budget to Congress
    President Bush sent a $2.90 trillion spending plan to a Democratic-controlled Congress on Monday, proposing a big increase in military spending, including billions more to fight the war in Iraq, while squeezing the rest of government to meet his goal of eliminating the deficit in five years.
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