Veteran groups: ‘Billions of dollars are needed to address veteran issues’

Veteran groups: ‘Billions of dollars are needed to address veteran issues’
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Spending to meet veteran needs in healthcare and benefits will fall short by billions of dollars in the coming years if Congress does nothing to resolve the issue, Matthew M. Burke of the Stars and Stripes reported on Friday.

Multiple veterans’ organizations, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, and American Veterans released a report, the 28th annual “Independent Budget” that calls for $72.9 billion in additional health, benefits, claims processing and infrastructure spending for the fiscal 2015 budget and would set aside money for future fiscal years.

Otherwise, several benefits for veterans may not be available in future years.

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In the “Comprehensive Budget & Policy” document created by Veterans for Veterans, their mandates consists of four major-core components that Congress needs to install:

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