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Critical issues for veterans.

The DAV and other leading veterans service organizations continue efforts urging the administration and Congress to protect and strengthen VA health care and benefits as they meet the challenge of tackling our nation's debt and deficit challenges.


The Independent Budget Critical Issues Report released by AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars is designed to alert the administration, Congress, VA and the public to those issues that deserve special scrutiny and attention. The report is a guide for policymakers to help them prepare an adequate budget for the current fiscal year and fill policy gaps, while preparing to develop the advance appropriation for the medical care accounts for fiscal year 2013.

"Protecting VA health care and benefits programs is especially crucial in the current economic and budgetary climate," said Washington Headquarters Executive Director Barry Jesinoski.

"Our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and grandchildren who serve on the frontier of freedom need to know that they will come home to a nation that respects and honors them for their service, provides the best medical care to restore them, orchestrates the best vocational rehabilitation to help them overcome employment barriers created by injury and furnishes a supportive claims-processing system that delivers education, compensation, and survivors' benefits with efficiency to those who sustained harm in their service to our nation," the report states.

The independent Budget for Fiscal Year 2013--an annual comprehensive budget and policy document, will be released in February 2012 concurrent with the release of the administration's proposed budget for the VA.


The six critical issues are:

* Protecting VA health care and benefits programs.

* Reforming the benefits claims-processing system.

* Improving transition, employment and training for today's veterans.

* Meeting the challenge of caring for war veterans and transitioning them to civilian life.

* Transforming the VA health care delivery model with patient-centered medical home or patient-aligned care teams.

* Maintaining VA's critical infrastructure.
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Publication:DAV Magazine
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2012
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