VFW Washington Weekly March 6, 2009 1. VA Proposal Would Charge Disabled Vets for Care: The administration's VA budget request for FY 2010 includes a proposal that would bill veterans with private insurance for their service-connected disability treatments. The budget calls for about a $1 billion dollar increase in collections from FY 2009. We believe that the revenue projections for the proposal make up the bulk of the third-party collections increase. VFW vehemently opposes any attempt to pass healthcare costs on to wounded and service-connected disabled veterans. Billing a veteran's private insurance could lead to higher premiums and make it difficult for veterans and their families to obtain or retain their health insurance, as well as discourage employers from hiring disabled vets. The VFW is asking all members as well as all Americans to contact their congressional delegations and urge them to stop this proposal from happening. To send a message to your legislators, go to: Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) :: VFW Capitol Hill. To read the VFW Press Release, go to: Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) :: News.