Bush Administration Denies Health Care to More Than 2,100 Nevada Veterans 250,000 Veterans Across the U.S. Turned Away from VA Facilities
Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) today expressed outrage that 2,100 Nevada veterans who applied to receive health care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in fiscal year 2005 were turned away because of the Bush administration's cost-cutting decision to limit their access to VA medical facilities.
"Nevada veterans sacrificed for our nation through their military service, but now the Bush administration is denying them health care benefits in order to cover the massive budget deficit their irresponsible policies have created. Refusing health care services to America's veterans, including more than 2,100 from Nevada, is truly unforgivable and serves as yet another example of the Bush administration's perverse priorities. I am calling on the White House to include funding to fully cover the health care needs of veterans in Nevada and across our nation as part of its upcoming budget for 2007," said Berkley, who serves as a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. "What's more, this misguided policy sends the absolute wrong message to those who are considering military service and to our men and women in combat, and those stationed around the globe."