Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Funding shortfall for Veterans

The Bush administration acknowledged Tuesday that it must treat more than four times the estimated number of war wounded, just hours after the House Republican leadership killed a measure to increase funding for their care.

Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson told a House appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that it earlier estimated that it would need to care for 23,553 wounded soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

That tally has been revised upward to 103,000, leaving a funding gap of $2.6 billion that Congress needs to close for the 2006 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

Read more in the Buffalo news.

More than 9 million persons aged 65 and older are veterans.

 

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