IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release

August 14, 2002

No. 02-12

(301) 585-4000
Contact:
Mokie Porter

 

WITHHOLDING OF CRUCIAL VA FUNDS ENDANGERS VETERANS’ LIVES


(Tucson, Arizona) – Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) President Thomas H. Corey sharply criticized President Bush’s decision, announced yesterday, not to release $275 million earmarked for medical care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

“The President’s refusal to release those funds, which were allocated in the bipartisan Homeland Security legislation Congress passed last month, is an insult to all veterans,” said Corey, who is in Tucson presiding over VVA’s National Leadership Conference. 

“The VA is unable to meet its medical commitments with its current bare-bones budget,” Corey said. “This action means that veterans from all eras who depend on the VA medical system will suffer; some lives will be in danger.” 

“Congress has directed this money to help those who served this nation in uniform. We call on President Bush to reconsider this ill-advised decision and move immediately to release the funds to the VA.” 

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