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Posted at 03:14 PM on Thursday, January 10, 2008 by post7374
An Administration spokesman announced today that the $3.7 billion dollars in emergency funding will be released upon the President's return from the Middle East.
Thanks for all your letters and phone calls on this most important issue. This demonstrates that by working together as advocates we can make a difference on behalf of all veterans.
Know that with your help the additional funding will allow VA to:
*Hire additional claims processors and train staff to reduce the ever-growing disability claims backlog.
*Treat our returning service members who put their lives on the line in Iraq and Afghanistan, by providing them with all the health care they need, including full mental health coverage and treatment for traumatic brain injuries and other war-related illnesses and disabilities.
*Care for the hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled veterans from other conflicts, particularly as many of them grow older.
We also would like to thank the President and the Congress for keeping their promise to properly care for America's veterans.