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Posted at 09:19 AM on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 by post1130WASHINGTON, March 23, 2010 - Millions of Americans are now covered by the new national healthcare law, but according to the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., missing from the healthcare bill the president signed into law today was language to specifically protect the integrity and viability of the healthcare programs provided by the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense.
That means separate legislation introduced over the weekend is now required before America's veterans, servicemembers and dependents can rest assured that their healthcare programs will be protected now and in the future.
"The VFW is not against national healthcare,” said Thomas J. Tradewell Sr., a combat-wounded Vietnam veteran from Sussex, Wis. "Our sole interest in the entire debate is to ensure that the programs provided by VA and DOD were recognized and protected. All VFW ever asked for months now for the promises made to be written into the final bill. They were not."