Armed Forces News

Last week, nine veterans’ organizations participated in a press conference at the National Press Club to kick off a campaign to replace the current discretionary funding system for the Department of Veterans Affairs with mandatory funding. So long as VA funding remains a discretionary program, it must compete each year with hundreds of other federal departments and agencies. Under mandatory funding, according to the organizations, the VA would receive the resources it needs based upon the number of veterans using the system. Organizations represented at the conference included The American Legion, American Veterans (AMVETS), Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Jewish War Veterans of the USA, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA).