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WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Filner (D-CA) provided the following statement on President Obama's Budget Outline for the Department of Veterans Affairs for Fiscal Year 2010:
"I applaud President Obama's budget request for the Department of Veterans Affairs. After sixteen years on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, I am very encouraged that this outline is consistent with recommendations made by the veterans' groups who co-author the Independent Budget. This has never happened in the 23-year history of the IB!"
"This budget request will increase funding for VA by 15% this year and by $25 billion over the next five years, including a proposed $4.9 billion increase for Fiscal Year 2010. After years of funding neglect and budget shortfalls, I commend President Obama on this honest assessment of the funding needs of the VA.
The February 19 meeting of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans in Washington, D.C., was, by all accounts, one of the most historic events in the 20-year history of the homeless veteran assistance movement represented by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
Record funding levels for veteran-specific programs, development of housing initiatives for homeless and low-income veterans, the expansion of programs for women, and VA's evolving focus on homelessness prevention were outlined by officials from VA and the Departments of Labor, Defense, and Housing and Urban Development.
Since 2002, the Advisory Committee submits an annual report to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with recommendations on how to better serve the nation's former guardians who are struggling to reclaim control of their lives and re-enter society as productive citizens. Currently chaired by NCHV Chairman of the Board George Basher, the committee began its business by welcoming the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki.
Originally posted by skeptic1
Wasn't it just a couple of days ago that the stories surfaced that Obama wanted vets to pay for some of their service related injuries out of pocket or have the VA reimbursed via the vet's private insurance?? All to save money?
And, now, this comes out with a date of 2-26-09?? And, no more saving money, but spending more (which is a good thing, btw)??
I can't keep track of all the BS and flip-flops coming out of this administration from day to day.
[edit on 3/19/2009 by skeptic1]