Veterans' groups are outraged over the Bush Administration's fiscal
year 2005 budget proposal, which provides fewer health care dollars than last
year's budget, after adjusting for inflation.
In particular, these groups object to a $250 "user fee" for some veterans
using Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) services; a slashing of research
funds; and an increase in prescription copayments.
Delatorro McNeal, executive director of the Paralyzed Veterans of America,
said that the proposal will leave many sick and disabled veterans without
care. "This is yet another attempt . . . to pay for the services of one group
of veterans out of the pockets of other veterans," he said. In a statement,
his group pointed out that if passed later this year, the 2005 VA budget would
cut research funding to 1999 levels.
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