WASHINGTON, June 16, 2009—Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Commander Raymond E. Dempsey today praised the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies for including advance appropriations for veterans medical care programs in appropriations legislation approved today. Dempsey also thanked the Subcommittee for the record appropriations levels for veterans programs included for FY 2010.
“Today’s historic vote to approve $48.2 billion in advance appropriations for VA medical care for fiscal year 2011 – an eight percent increase over the proposed FY 2010 funding level – marks the beginning of a new era in providing sufficient, timely and predictable funding for veterans health care programs,” said Commander Dempsey. “Once enacted into law, VA’s advance appropriations will prevent budget stalemates from threatening the quality and timeliness of veterans health care services, a problem that has plagued VA for decades. With this crucial budget reform in place, VA will now have the time and assurance necessary to effectively plan how to meet the health care needs of our nation’s sick, injured and disabled veterans,” Dempsey said.