22 Dec '14, 2pm

Veterans issues saw legislative success in 2014

Veterans issues saw legislative success in 2014

Vets' advocates saw two top priorities passed in the lame-duck session and other major success despite congressional gridlock. (Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images) CONNECT 22 TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE Veterans faced a disheartening series of nationwide scandals related to their benefits and care in 2014, but that also brought an encouraging boost in attention and action from Capitol Hill. Advocates from the veterans community saw two of their top legislative priorities approved in the waning days of the lame-duck congressional session: a new, bigger Veterans Affairs Department budget and advance appropriations for all VA benefits starting next fiscal year. Those successes come after this summer's massive veterans' reform bill that mandated more private care options for veterans facing lengthy wait times for VA medical appointments and more money to hire doctors, lea...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/2014/12/22/ve...

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