After a $4 billion increase sought for next year, the Bush budget would turn current trends on their head, even though the cost of providing medical care to veterans has been growing rapidly -- by more than 10 percent in many years. White House budget documents assume that the veterans' medical services budget -- up 83 percent since Bush took office and winning a big increase in Bush's proposed 2008 budget -- can absorb a 2 percent cut the following year and remain essentially frozen for three years in a row after that.The proposed cuts are utterly unrealistic in light of recent VA budget trends showing that a tidal wave of new veterans will be entering its rolls. According to one estimate, the administration has lowballed what the VA needs by 2012 – when it promises a balanced budget – by $16 billion
Even the White House doesn't seem serious about the numbers. It says the long-term budget numbers don't represent actual administration policies.
The number of vet coming into the VA health-care system has been rising by about 5 percent a year as the number of people returning from
I’m not a buy “write your congressman” guy, but this is one instance when you should do just that.