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Survey Shows Most Americans Want Government to Stand Up for Veterans
Date:9/18/2008

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans believe that providing medical care to injured, sick and disabled veterans should be near the top of our nation's priorities, in line with resolving the war in Iraq and lowering gas prices, according to a new nationwide survey. What's more, three-quarters of the public think the federal government is not doing enough to support military veterans.

And what do Americans think should be done? A large majority (83 percent) favor requiring Congress to determine the Department of Veterans Affairs health care budget one year in advance to prevent funding delays, and five in 10 say they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supported this change in funding.

According to the survey, over four in 10 Americans (44 percent) say that providing medical care to injured, sick and disabled veterans should be a "top priority" for the next President and Congress. Similar numbers place a high priority on resolving the war in Iraq (45 percent) and energy policies to lower gasoline prices (43 percent).

"The results of this survey clearly show that the American public supports efforts by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and others to ensure sufficient, timely and predictable funding for veterans health care," said DAV Washington Headquarters Executive Director David W. Gorman. "And it shows broad public support for legislation being introduced in Congress today that would change the way veterans health care is funded."

The Veterans Health Care Budget Reform Act, being introduced with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate today, would authorize funding for VA medical care a year in advance. The bill was introduced in the Senate by Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) and in the House by Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Filner (D-Calif.). Joining Filner as original co-sponsors are Reps. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Michael Michaud (D-Maine) and Phil
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