Issue Position: Veterans
America's military veterans were there when we needed them, and we have a solemn duty to honor their service with more than mere words.
In June of 2007, The House passed the largest increase in veterans funding in the 77-year history of the Veterans Affairs Department. The bill provides more than $37 billion for veterans programs, a $4.4 billion increase over last year. Specifically, this legislation appropriates:
* $600 million for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) care, traumatic brain injury research and care;
* $4.1 billion to improve VA facilities, hospitals and clinics;
* $2.9 billion for mental health care and substance abuse treatment for veterans; and
* $480 million for prosthetic research to help wounded veterans retain a positive quality of life.
* provides $21.4 billion for facilities needed to house and train military personnel abroad and at home.
We can never fully repay the service and sacrifice so many brave Americans have made on behalf of their nation, but we can and must ensure they receive access to the kind of care they deserve.