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Veterans' News From The Farmingdale VFW

Levittown Tribune - 3/16/2017

VFW National Commander Testifies Before Congress: VFW National Commander Brian Duffy testified before 23 members of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees on issues important to America's veterans, service members and their families. Backed by a standing-room-only packed house of 500 fellow VFW comrades, the Chief stressed the need for this Congress to finally eliminate the budget ax called sequestration, and to continue transforming the Department of Veterans Affairs so that it can better provide timely access to quality health care and benefits that wounded, ill and injured veterans earned and deserve.

IB Coauthors Release FY 2018 Budget Recommendations: The three independent Budget (IB) coauthors (VFW, DAV and PVA) released a fiscal year 2018 recommendation today that calls for an 8.3 percent increase in medical care funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Administration has yet to release a FY 2018 budget request, which is normally presented the first week of February, but such a delay is not unusual in the first year of a new president. Highlights include: $88.9 billion in overall discretionary budget authority for VA, an approximate 10 percent increase; $76.9 billion for veterans' medical care funding, a $5.9 billion or 8.3% increase over FY 2017; $82.8 billion for veterans medical care for FY 2019 advance appropriations, a 7.6 percent over FY 2018; $3.1 billion for the Veterans Benefits Administration, a $278 million or 9.7 percent increase over FY 2017; $2.5 billion for VA construction programs to repair, renovate, expand and replace VA's aging infrastructure, $1.5 billion increase over FY 2017; and $713 million for medical and prosthetic research, a $38 million or 5.6 percent increase over FY 2017, as well as an additional $75 million to support the Million Veterans Program.

The three IB coauthors have presented budget and policy recommendations to Congress and the administration for 30 years. The recommendations, which are supported by 27 other organizations, are meant to inform Congress and the administration of the needs of all veterans, and to offer substantive solutions to address the many health care and benefits challenges they face. The IB serves as the veterans groups' benchmark for properly funding VA so it can provide the timely delivery of quality health care and accurate and appropriate benefits.

Marine Reunion Web Page: The Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert B. Neller is encouraging all Marines to "get connected? Reach out, catch up and, when needed, help others" by using a new Marine Corps web page designed to facilitate unit reunions. The "year of the reunion" page offers logistical advice for planning a reunion, as well as after action reviews of past reunions, a photo gallery and a list of upcoming reunions. Read about it at www.usmcmccs.org/reunion.

Eligibility to Join the Veterans of Foreign Wars: You must be a citizen of the United States of America; you must have been awarded a Campaign Ribbon and/or Medal and served at least 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days in receiving the ribbon or medal. Call the membership Chairman for the VFW Nassau County Council Bob Fullam at 516-694-5539 for further information or email vfwBob516@aol.com for locations of a post near you.

 
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