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Budget and Senator Cornyn Desert Veterans

The Editor's Column
Posted by BarbaraAnn on 2007/2/15 3:25:32 (2100 reads)

Veterans' needs are reportedly $16 billion greater than President Bush projects for 2012.

The proposals for the 2008 budget have proven one thing - the need of the Administration to balance the budget is being placed on the backs of our wounded veterans, including those who will be returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to a February 13th AP article, "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 consecutive cutbacks in 2009 and 2010 and a freeze thereafter."

Sadly, the junior senator from Texas is pleased with the Bush budget proprosal. Senator Cornyn released the following statement on February 5, 2007, "The President’s budget lays out a blueprint to fund the nation’s top priorities and balance the federal budget by 2012 ... ensur[ing] appropriate funding for America’s most pressing needs, while holding the line on non-security spending..."

Senator Cornyn is wrong.

One of our nation's top priorities should be to fully fund the VA and finacially acknowledge that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will require us to spend adequately on veterans' medical costs to take care of the brave men and women who have served and those who, we pray, will return safely.

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