Wednesday, July 13, 2005

$1 billion dollar shortfall for VA

" The Department of Veterans Affairs told Congress that its health care costs grew faster than expected and left a $1 billion hole in its budget this year, lawmakers said Thursday."

No kidding, with an active war in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus vets from previous conflicts getting ever older, it seems only the GOP was surprised by this. Take for example the fact that in the spring Sen Patty Murray (D-WA) had urged lawmakers to give the VA an extra $2 billion this spring, while they assembled an $82 billion emergency spending bill on war and homeland security, but the VA said it didn't need any more money.

The fact of the matter is this wasn't an accident, the administration cut VA funding. Which makes you wonder, with the ongoing conflicts, how important is the well-being of our troop, and our safety to them?

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