VA Receives Budget Boost for 2012

Although lawmakers have spent much of the year focused on cutting the federal budget deficit, the Department of Veterans Affairs saw an increase in its 2012 funding.

Although Congress allotted $300 million less than the White House requested for the VA, the agency still received $58.5 billion, a 3.6 percent increase in its discretionary funding for 2012.

This money will be used in part to aid Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans; fund programs to help homeless Veterans, including long-term care programs; continue medical and prosthetic research; as well as provide funding for other Veterans programs.

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