VA budget request snags veterans health bill


 
The American Legion
Dear Legion Family Members and Friends,

Today, I want to share with you a joint statement regarding the inappropriate posturing by members of Congress following a request made by Sloan Gibson, acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Gibson requested emergency funding of $17.6 billion  to help repair access problems for veterans seeking VA health care.

What follows is a joint statement from myself representing The American Legion, Stewart Hickey, executive director of AMVETS (American Veterans), and Pete Hegseth, chief executive officer of Concerned Veterans for America:

"Regardless of the merits, a last-minute VA request for $17.6 billion dollars in additional spending only hampers an already difficult VA conference committee negotiating process. Both the House and Senate VA reform bills that passed were centered on two things—accountability and access. It is disgraceful and utterly painful to see bipartisan efforts erode and lawmakers lose sight of what's important. Negotiations, which should happen in public, not behind closed doors, must stay focused on ensuring VA leadership is held accountable and veterans have timely access to care. All other discussions only undermine a critically important process.

"We urge Congress to take immediate action to regain their focus on ensuring the VA Secretary exercises their authority to hold management and staff accountable for their inappropriate behavior, and immediately stop the corruption and mismanagement within the VA. Before asking for more money, the VA must start making good on the nation's promise to its honored veterans."


For God and Country,
 
Dan Dellinger
National Commander
Dan Dellinger

Dan Dellinger
National Commander
The American Legion

National Emergency Fund
National Emergency Fund
The American Legion
 



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The American Legion backs VA on disability claims on toxic waste exposure

100% Disabled Veterans and Unremarried Surviving Spouse: Michigan Property Tax Exemption

Home Depot grants available to American Legion Posts, Legionnaires