Bush VA Budgets Increased Spending For Veterans Medical Care
Yet even as we sent wave after wave of our best and finest into battle, the Republican Congress moved to yank the carpet out from under them. Veterans medical care was cut back as surely as if they were comprised of an army of mythical "Welfare Queens". And any veteran who exposes the inadequacies of care is subject to losing all benefits that he or she is due.This latest hit piece written by Thurman Hart cites two old articles to "prove" his point – a Common Dreams article from March of 2003 and a Veterans for Peace article from March 2004 (see links in quote above). FactCheck.org debunked the VA spending cut myth during the presidential election in 2004 when similar claims where being made by Democrats. It wasn’t true then and it’s not true now, as a review of the Veterans Administration budget makes quite clear.
“The President’s 2007 budget would represent a 75-percent increase since 2001 in funding for veterans programs. In particular, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) budget provides significantly higher resources for medical care and other veterans benefits.”