Leading Veterans Groups Respond to VA Appropriations Conference Report

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WASHINGTON, DC—Today, DAV (Disabled American Veterans), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), co-authors of The Independent Budget, issued the following statement in response to the Appropriations Conference Report on H.R. 5895.

“The House-Senate Appropriations Committee conference agreement on H.R. 5895, which contains funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), would provide much needed increases for veterans health care and other critical programs, including new funding to begin implementing key provisions of the VA MISSION Act.

Although the conference agreement does not meet all of The Independent Budget’s recommendations for FY 2019 funding, it does include significant increases for VA’s medical care, community care, construction, research and IT programs, as well as for benefit claims and appeals modernization.

The Conference agreement does not, however, provide sufficient advance appropriations for FY 2020, falling at least $8 billion short of what VA estimated will be needed to fully and faithfully implement the new community care program, expanded caregiver assistance and other capacity enhancements included in the VA MISSION Act.

While Congress and the Administration must reach an agreement as soon as possible to address the significant shortfall in VA’s FY 2020 medical care advance appropriations, it is imperative that the House and Senate pass, and the President enact, this conference agreement to ensure that VA has a full year FY 2019 appropriation in place before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1st.”

 

MEDIA CONTACTS: 

DAV: Ashleigh Bryant, 202-314-5214

Paralyzed Veterans: Lani Poblete, 202-416-7736

VFW: Joe Davis, 202-608-8357

 

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For more than 30 years, the co-authors of The Independent Budget—DAV (Disabled American Veterans), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)—have presented their collective budget and policy recommendations to inform Congress and the Administration of the needs of their members and all veterans, and to offer substantive solutions to address the many health care and benefits challenges they face.