Before the Subcommittee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans
Affairs And Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations United
States House of Representatives Regarding The Department of Veterans
Affairs Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Request
March 1, 2006
VVA presented its views on the fiscal needs of America’s
- Most important is for the VA to significantly increase
the requested amount by the Administration for operation of veteran’s
health care system at the Department of Veterans Affairs for
the fiscal year of 2007.
- Eradicate the possibility of an unfair increase
in TriCare, which has been discussed.
- Elimination of the “widow’s
tax”, where there
is a dollar for dollar reduction in Dependency and Indemnity
Compensation vs. the Survivor Benefits Plan annuity payments.
- VVA supports the
call for a much more effective GI Bill for Education and the
increase funding to pay for it beginning this year.
VVA hopes changes can be brought to the budget so that veterans
can get the proper treatment they deserve. In order to make this
happen VVA suggested that the budget be based on an assured funding
bill, which bases annual increments on growth in the veteran beneficiary
of services population as well as health care inflation.
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