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Putting Veterans Funding First Act of 2013 Introduced - The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee
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The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee is proud to announce that it has renewed its membership in the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.  The NCHV is dedicated to ending homelessness among veterans by shaping public policy, promoting collaboration, and building the capacity of service providers.

Our Mission

The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee is committed to standing up for the nearly 22,000 veterans who have no home and who are suffering from a terminal illness.  The Committee's mission is to lobby Congress to do right by our heroes and fund the establishment of a national network of hospices dedicated to caring for our homeless and ailing heroes.



Putting Veterans Funding First Act of 2013 Introduced

U.S. House of Representatives Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Ranking Member Mike Michaud (D-ME) have introduced H.R. 813, the Putting Veterans Funding First Act of 2013.

The bill would require Congress to fully fund the Department of Veterans’ Affairs discretionary budget a year ahead of schedule, ensuring that all VA services will have timely, predictable funding that our nation’s veterans deserve and depend upon.

“In an era where continuing resolutions and threats of government shutdowns are all too frequent, this proposed legislation will take some of the burden away from veterans and their families,” said U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee Executive Director Gerald Johnson. Currently, Congress funds the medical care portion – roughly 86 percent of VA’s discretionary budget – at the beginning of each fiscal year.  Providing the remainder of the discretionary budget – roughly $8 billion – up front would make it easier for the VA to plan for key investments in information technology, claims processing and construction projects.  It would also give Congress a greater level of oversight on multi-year funding proposals, with one year building off of the next.

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Thanks from the VA

Petzel"Thank you for your advocacy on behalf of America's homeless Veterans and continuing support of our mission."

--Robert A. Petzel, M.D.
Under Secretary for Health (2010-2014)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs