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Veterans Affairs Employee Union Applauds Proposed Increases for Veterans' Care
Date:2/2/2010

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the American Federation of Government Employees and its National VA Council applauded the White House's proposed funding increases for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The White House's proposed fiscal year 2011 budget provides $57 billion in funding for the VA. For more than two decades, AFGE, which represents over 180,000 employees in the VA, has joined veterans' groups in calling for full funding of veterans' services.

The release of this year's budget is an especially momentous occasion for veterans and its dedicated workforce.  The FY 2011 budget marks the first two-year funding cycle for the VA health care system. On October 22, 2009, AFGE stood proudly with veterans' groups at the White House signing of Public Law 111-81, funding reform legislation that ensures more predictable, adequate funding for VA health care by authorizing Congress to providing health care dollars one year ahead of time through advance appropriations.  For the first time in the history of the VA's budget, this year, the President's budget request includes health care funds for two years.  

"We applaud President Obama for standing by his commitment to veterans' health care needs," said J. David Cox, AFGE National Secretary Treasurer and retired VA Nurse. "VA hospitals, clinics and long term care facilities can finally count on getting the dollars they need for timely hiring, equipment purchases and construction." Funding reform, which was supported by the president when he was a Senator, will put an end to yearly shortfalls and supplemental funding bills.

AFGE and its National VA Council have been longtime advocates for mandatory funding of the VA, an approach widely
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