Supporting Funding for Our Veterans
In June, Congressman Tierney voted in favor of the Fiscal Year 2012 Military Construction/VA Appropriations bill. This bill builds on the progress of Democratically-led Congresses from 2007 through 2010 for veterans. Since January 2007, the Congress will have provided a 70 percent increase in funding for veterans' health care and benefits, over 10,200 new claims processors to reduce VA case backlogs, 18,000 new doctors and nurses, 145 new community-based vet outpatient clinics, and 92 new vet centers.
With the bill's funding, the VA will be able to provide quality medical care to more than 5.5 million veterans in 2012, including 536,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.