Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Applauds Signing of the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act

October 2009

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) applauds the signing on Thursday, October 22, 2009, of the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, which guarantees a timely and predictable flow of funding for VA health care needs.

This act authorizes appropriations for the VA medical system one year in advance of each fiscal year so that the system can plan in advance for the needs of our wounded warriors who will no longer be at the mercy of late funding or underfunding of the VA's needs.

The JWV sees the passage of this legislation as an important first step toward the ultimate goal of mandatory funding, which would ensure that not only is the funding available when it is needed, but that what is available is always sufficient for the needs of all of those who so desperately need medical services for injuries received in service to their country.

As President Obama said in his remarks prior to signing the bill, "Today is a victory for all of the veterans' organizations that are represented on this stage who fought for years for reform." The JWV, represented by National Executive Director Herb Rosenbleeth, was proud to be among those groups with the President at the ceremony.

The JWV has worked tirelessly with the Partnership for Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and with the Military Coalition in the fight for passage of this historic measure and celebrates this victory for those who have earned the best possible medical care from a nation grateful for their service on the battlefields of today's wars and on those of past conflicts.

Today the JWV celebrates the passage of this historic legislation, but the fight for the rights of our veterans, rights they have earned, will continue until the goal of mandatory funding has been met.


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