Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Denounces Administration Budget for Veterans’ Health Needs

Winter 2005

The Fiscal Year 2006 budget proposed this week by the Bush Administration represents a fundamental betrayal of the obligations that a grateful nation owes to those who have borne the burden of protecting our freedom, the veterans of past conflicts and those currently in Iraq and Afghanistan, who will be the veterans of tomorrow. At a time when the health needs of our veterans should be protected by the passage of mandatory funding to assure an adequate funding stream not subject to the vagaries of political pressures, the administration has dealt a blow to the needs of our veterans. The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) agrees with Congressman Lane Evans (D-IN), Ranking Democratic Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, that "In his State of the Union message last week, President Bush saluted the bravery and sacrifice of our troops abroad. He also said that this grateful country will do everything we can to help them recover. The flat-lined budget he has proposed…makes a cruel mockery of this rhetoric." At a time when VA medical programs require a 13-14% annual increase just to keep even with veterans' needs, the Bush administration budget proposes a paltry 1.7% increase. The budget also proposes a new "user fee" of $250 for the privilege of using the system and more than doubles the co-pay for prescriptions. The Bush administration must not balance the budget on the backs of this country's veterans. Those who have served the nation must be served by that nation. The JWV demands that the Congress fight these proposed cutbacks and pass mandatory funding so that those who have protected our freedoms can receive the benefits they have fought for and earned.

 

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