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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

American Legion: VA Needs Full Funding

President Bush is set to make an appearance at this year's American Legion Convention taking place in Salt Lake City, UT next week. While the organization, chartered by Congress in 1919, has supported America's current wars, they are demanding that the VA be fully funded (currently the budget needs approval every year making it hard to plan or count on resources).

From KCPW - Northern Utah Public Radio:

[T]he Legion's National Commander Tom Bock says they do have a list of demands for the Commander-in-Chief. "We're concerned about full funding of the V-A. We need to know that the money is there to take care of our heroes from year after year after year."

Bock says the American Legion is struggling to convince Congress that veterans' benefits should be funded fully and automatically during budget proceedings every year. Furthermore, he says the Veteran's Administration needs to be a Medicare provider. "You know the VA can't bill Medicare to take care of our heroes? Something's wrong with this. They have to leave the VA hospital, walk across the street to a regular hospital to get their Medicare treatment. That's not right and we're working hard on it."

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