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

Hare (D-Ill.). Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are original co-sponsors of the Senate bill.

"Advanced funding would be a vast improvement over the current budget and appropriations process, which has become highly politicized and puts both the VA health care system and its patient population at risk," said Gorman.

In the past 21 years, the VA spending bill has been completed on time just twice. Unfortunately, lawmakers have instead relied on a series of continuing resolutions that have led to funding shortfalls and rationing of care.

Additionally, VA funding growth has not nearly kept pace with its patient workload demands. "A method of assured funding, such as the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform Act, would eliminate the year-to-year uncertainty about funding levels that has plagued the VA for years," Gorman said.

The survey found that two other high-priority DAV proposals attract support from large majorities of Americans. One proposal is to improve screening and treatment of traumatic brain injury and mental health issues for soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and another is to extend financial benefits to caregivers of severely disabled veterans.

These are among the key findings of a nationally representative telephone survey of 827 adults conducted between Aug. 20 and Aug. 24 by Belden Russonello & Stewart on an omnibus questionnaire for the Disabled American Veterans. The margin of sampling error for a sample of this size is +/- 3.4 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

The survey's full results and independent analysis are available on the DAV Web site at http://www.dav.org/voters/documents/veteran_survey_memo.pdf.

The 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered
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