Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Call for Passage of the Newly Introduced VA Funding Legislation

February 2009

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) applauds the newly introduced Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009 authorizing advanced funding for the VA as the first step toward the ultimate goal of mandatory funding.

The proposed legislation would authorize Congress to approve VA medical care appropriations one year in advance of each fiscal year rather than depend on funding for the current fiscal year that often results in late funding or under funding or no proper funding for the basic needs of our wounded warriors.

This is an important first step toward mandatory funding for the department, which would ensure that not only is the funding available when it is needed, but that what is available is sufficient for the needs of all of those wounded veterans who so desperately need medical services for injuries received in service to their country.

JWV, a member of the Partnership for Veterans Health Care Budget Reform, in which it joins with other Congressionally-chartered veterans' service organizations to work for improvements in the funding mechanism for the VA, commends Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), chairmen of the Senate and House veterans affairs committees, for introducing this bill at the start of the 111th Congress. It is hoped that the current bipartisan coalition of co-sponsors will continue to grow and ensure fast and easy confirmation for the bill.

The VA must have the funding necessary to treat not only the ever-increasing numbers of wounded warriors of today's conflicts, but also the veterans of our previous conflicts.

Our country has a sacred obligation to those who have served and defended our nation to provide for their needs as they return from battle. The VA must know what resources they will have in advance to provide the best possible care for these patients.

The JWV applauds the introduction of this bill and hopes for its speediest passage. We look forward to working with our colleagues in the Partnership for Veterans Health Care Budget Reform after passage of this bill to continue to fight for mandatory funding for the VA.

Only when the VA not only knows in advance the level of its funding but also knows with certainty that its funding levels will be adequate for all of its requirements can our veterans be assured that all of their health care needs can and will be met.


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