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DAV and Partnership for Veterans Health Care Budget Reform Call on Obama to Change VA Funding Process
In a letter sent this week to the President-elect, DAV, along with the eight other VSOs comprising the Partnership for Veterans Health Care Budget Reform, called on Obama to fulfill his campaign promise to change the way veterans’ health care is funded. The Partnership reminded the President-elect that under the current appropriations process, VA has received its annual budget for health care beyond the start of the new fiscal year in 19 of the last 22 years. During the campaign, Obama wrote that the time has come to “…end the unpredictability and inadequacy of VA’s discretionary funding process and instead, use an advanced appropriations process that would allow Congress to provide VA health care dollars in advanced and allow for improved planning and predictability.” The Partnership asked President-elect Obama to include advance appropriations for VA medical care in his first budget request.
VA Secretary-designee Shinseki Endorses Advance Appropriations in Run Up to Confirmation Hearings
A pair of news stories published this week discussed VA Secretary-designee Gen. Eric Shinseki’s support for advanced appropriations for VA health care as well as other issues he will be asked about during his Senate confirmation hearing on January 14.
The Associated Press (“Shinseki Pledges to Fix Gaps in Veterans’ Care”) reported about the contents of a questionnaire completed by Shinseki in which he “urged Congress to set VA funding a year in advance to minimize political pressures” because the current VA funding system “created ‘significant management difficulties’ that delayed medical care.”
Congressional Quarterly ("Common Threads in Questions for Shinseki") suggested that Shinseki-confirmation hearings would likely include questions about the Secretary-designee’s support for VA health funding reform. The article also discussed expectations that Shinseki’s questioning would include a discussion of his ideas about how to better treat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
About the Stand Up for VeteransInitiative
Stand Up for Veterans is an initiative of the Disabled American Veterans, an organization of 1.4 million disabled veterans who are focused on building better lives for disabled veterans and their families. The initiative seeks to find public policy solutions for all veterans, particularly those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, who have incurred devastating injuries and disabilities, including traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological wounds of war. Please visit www.standup4vets.org to learn more about this effort.