Billions Needed

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News April 2014

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is among four of the nation’s leading veterans service organizations asking for almost $73 billion to help meet the needs of vets.

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PVA, American Veterans (AMVETS), Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) are urging the White House and Congress to provide $72.9 billion to sufficiently meet veterans’ health care and benefits needs.

The recommendation is contained in The Independent Budget, released in February. The Independent Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 recommends the following:

-$61.1 billion total for health care — $2.3 billion more than what the administration recommended ($58.8 billion)

-$62.4 billion total advance appropriation for health care for 2016

-$2.5 billion for the Veterans Benefits Administration, approximately $44 million more than the 2014 appropriated level

-$3.9 billion for all construction programs, approximately $2.7 billion more than the 2014 appropriated level and well below the true funding needs of construction projects that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must undertake

-$611 million for medical and prosthetics research, which is approximately $25 million more than the 2014 appropriated level

“The past couple of years have clearly shown the benefits to the VA of having the health care system funded by advance appropriations,” says PVA President Bill Lawson. “The VA health care system has been shielded from the severe negative consequences of political gridlock that ultimately led to a partial government shutdown last fall. It is time that the rest of the VA is afforded the same protection.”

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