The Department of Veterans Affairs released their 2020 budget request and 2021 advanced appropriations request last week. The request calls for $220.2 billion in total funding for the department, which is a 9.5 percent increase over 2019.
According to the VA, the 2020 budget will provide for:
- 7.1 million patients treated by VA, an increase of 1.0 percent above 2019;
- Modernization of VA’s electronic health record system to improve quality of care;
- Expansion of mental health services by providing more than 15.2 million outpatient visits, an increase of nearly 155,000 visits above 2018;
- Over 119.9 million outpatient visits, an increase of 2.7 percent above 2019;
- Disability compensation benefits for nearly 5.5 million Veterans and Survivors;
- Pension benefits for 444,000 Veterans and Survivors;
- Strengthening VA’s infrastructure through $1.2 billion in Major Construction and $399 million in Minor Construction for priority infrastructure projects;
- Education assistance programs serving nearly 877,000 trainees;
- Vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits for over 124,000 Veterans;
- A home mortgage program with a portfolio of more than three million active loans;
- The largest and highest performing national cemetery system, projected to inter an estimated 137,000 Veterans and eligible family members in 2020.
Image: Chart via Department of Veterans Affairs
For more detailed budget numbers, visit: https://www.va.gov/budget/docs/summary/fy2020VAbudgetInBrief.pdf
What other veterans organizations are saying:
Veterans of Foreign Wars
“More money isn’t always the solution to every problem, but the lack of it weakens every congressional initiative to improve the VA,” said VFW National Commander B.J. Lawrence, who called the president’s budget submission a very good start. “What the VFW now expects from Congress is thoughtful consideration of what the proposed budget does for veterans, service members and their families, and what the VFW demands from Congress is a fair hearing.” Read more.
Military Officers Association of America
“For the VA, the proposed budget reflects the administration’s commitment to providing veterans more quality, efficient and timely services – funding the department’s highest priorities such as implementing the VA MISSION Act, interoperability and modernization of the joint VA and DoD electronic health record, business transformation, and customer service improvements.” Read more.