DAV: VA Health Care Defeat Bitter Disappointment
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(April 22, 2005) - Disabled American Veterans National Commander James E. Sursely has expressed the organization's bitter disappointment that the Senate blocked an amendment to the $80 billion supplemental appropriation bill to provide $2 billion to cover a critical shortfall in funding for veterans medical care. "Less than half way through the current fiscal year, Veterans Affairs medical facilities across the country have already run out of money and face huge deficits, an emergency situation if there ever was one," Sursely said. "VA facilities in every region of the country have exhausted reserve funds to meet critical needs. Many have stopped hiring doctors and nurses because of shortfalls, while still others have cut back or even eliminated medical services. Health care for millions of today's and tomorrow's veterans is in limbo because Congress and the administration have continually failed to adequately fund the VA," Sursely said.