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Administration's Budget Affirms Commitment to Veterans, say Coauthors of The Independent Budget
Date:2/4/2010

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The coauthors of The Independent Budget (IB)—AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars who collectively represent millions of veterans—are applauding the Administration's recently released Budget Request for FY 2011. The budget request includes significant funding increases for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care and benefits, and for the first time, advance appropriation recommendations for the VA FY 2012 budget.  

The Administration's budget announcement coincides with the publication of the 24th Edition of the IB, a full picture of veterans' health care and benefits needs and funding recommendations for VA, by veterans for veterans. The IB can be viewed at www.independentbudget.org.

The IB has always been an important road map for administrations and Congress. The coauthors are very pleased that the President's FY 2011 budget represents real continuing progress on delivering sufficient, timely and predictable funding for VA health care, a key goal of the IB over the years. This progress means that VA will get its health care funding on time and America's veterans are more likely to get quality medical treatment in a timely manner.

Released Monday, the President's budget for FY 2011 provides nearly $60.3 billion in discretionary funding for VA, almost $4.2 billion above the FY 2010 appropriated level.  

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SOURCE Paralyzed Veterans of America; AMVETS; Disabled American Veterans; Veterans of Foreign Wars
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