Friday, January 18, 2008

Veterans Funding Crisis Averted

January 18, 2008

Thank you for contacting the President and urging his support of the needed $3.7 billion increase in emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs—job well done. The President requested the $3.7 billion in emergency funding on January 17, 2008. Without your help, he may not have. This total budgetary increase now equals $6.6 billion more than last year.

Many of you face long lines at your local VA medical centers and outpatient clinics. The VA is desperately struggling to solve problems ranging from veteran suicides, treatment for traumatic brain injuries, rising rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, homelessness among the nation’s newest generation of veterans, and an ever-growing, seemingly unstoppable, disability claims’ backlog. This new increase of $3.7 billion in VA funding will help to solve these challenges. It therefore does not come a moment too soon.

Please contact the President and thank him for requesting the emergency funding contained in the Omnibus Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2008. If you prefer, you may visit the DAV website,, to send a prepared email to the President.

As always, we greatly appreciate your efforts on behalf of our nation’s disabled veterans.

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