The VA has asked Congress to approve a $163.9 billion budget in 2015, a 10.1 billion dollar increase from the 2014 funding.
Here are some of the highlights:
The budget proposal would provide $65.3 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), to provide needed care and other benefits to veterans and their families. In addition, the Budget includes $3.1 billion in estimated medical care collections, for a total budget authority of approximately $68.4 billion. The most intriguing part of the proposal is $1 billion to create Veteran Job Corps. The Vets Job Bill was shot down in 2012 due to funding and valiant efforts by veteran groups.
In the ongoing battle against the disability claims backlog, a $138.7 million would be allocated for a Veterans Claims Intake Program, which would continue to work towards impementation of a paperless claims system and improve veterans' access to benefits information.