D.C.) – “Vietnam Veterans of America applauds Congress
for making good on its promise by adding $3.7 billion in needed
funds to the veterans healthcare budget,” said John Rowan,
national president of VVA. “We applaud the President for
authorizing the expenditure of these funds, albeit on an 'emergency’ basis.
“We are not pleased that for three and a half months into
the federal fiscal year the VA budget has been in limbo. Nor
are we pleased that this added funding, as an 'emergency' appropriation,
is not to be part of the base budget. This could have negative
consequences for FY 2010,” Rowan said.
“Although both sides of the aisle in Congress have been
cool towards instituting a system of assured, guaranteed funding
for veterans healthcare, VVA believes the current method of funding
is broken, and a new means of funding, one that would assure
a timely and reliable funding stream, must be debated and enacted,” Rowan
“We will continue to work with our fellow veterans’ service
organizations in the Partnership for Veterans Health Care Budget
Reform and with key members of Congress to craft a solution to
this long-troublesome issue,” Rowan commented.