(Washington, D.C.) –
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) today released a White Paper on health
care funding for veterans. This report spells out the need for the
institution of obligatory, or assured, funding for medical operations of the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) based on the per capita use of the
veterans health care system at the 1996 level of funding, indexed for
“This White Paper makes a compelling
case for this reform. It also focuses on the immediate need for an
appropriation of $28.5 billion for VA medical operations in FY 2004, if the
VA is to serve all eligible veterans who seek its services,” said Thomas H.
Corey, VVA National President.
“It is our hope that members of Congress
will give thoughtful consideration to the points made in this White Paper
and work actively for the reforms it advocates. At a time when a new
generation of veterans is being born in the deserts of Afghanistan and Iraq,
it is the duty of Congress to do the right thing for them and for those who
have gone before them,” Corey said.
“There is a fast-growing credibility gap
for public officials who claim there is sufficient money for properly
operating the VA medical care system in the face of overwhelming evidence
that this is not true. It is time to act. Veterans need restoration of the
$1.8 billion as passed by House Budget Resolution 95 and stripped out of the
VA FY04 budget previously passed by the House Appropriations Committee or
the bill must be defeated,” said Corey.
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An electronic copy of the White Paper is
http://www.vva.org/legiss/white_paper.pdf To obtain a bound copy
of the White Paper, contact the Office of Government Relations at Vietnam
Veterans of America either by calling (301) 585-4000 or by sending an e-mail