New bill gives VA advanced funding

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Sen. Daniel Akaka and Rep. Bob Filner plan to introduce bills Thursday to provide advanced appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Akaka, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and Filner, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, have long argued that advanced appropriations will help the VA provide better health care, make needed hires and operate more efficiently.

The Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009 would provide the VA with funding one year in advance of the regular appropriations process, according to an Akaka news release.

Akaka, D-Hawaii, and Filner, D-Calif., will announce details of the bill Thursday afternoon at a press conference with veterans organizations, lawmakers and an employee union.

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  1. I hope this will vets. with some there problems, such as PTSD and other illness.22 yrs retired and have disable of 40% . With the wavier i have lost over 75% of my retirement.Someone need to look into the matter more . Give us vets what we earn. think you.

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