not be mentioning COLA again until next summer.
Veterans Funding Summary: Actions Taken by the 111th Congress
H.R. 3082—FY 2010 Military Construction/VA Appropriations
The House approved a funding bill that provides a path to restoring and revitalizing the services provided to veterans by adding $14.5 billion to the FY 2009 total (July 10, 2009).
Provides appropriations for FY 2010 and advance appropriations for 2011.
The largest veterans funding increase ever requested by the Executive Branch.
Third consecutive budget to exceed the request of the Independent Budget.
Enactment of H.R. 3082 amounts to a 58 percent increase in the VA budget during a period of two and a half years.
Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-81)
A top priority for Veterans Service Organizations.
Allows Congress to fund VA medical accounts one year ahead of schedule (October 22, 2009).
Responds to chronically late VA budgets since, during the past 22 years, 19 VA budgets were late.
Offers a historic new approach to providing adequate and timely funding for veterans health care.
Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-32)
Expands the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill to cover the full cost of college for surviving military children by creating the “Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry” scholarship. Provides education benefits to children of deceased active duty service members.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (P.L. 111-5)
First major step in rebuilding the nation’s economy while also honoring veterans.
Provided a $1.4 billion increase for VA for maintaining VA facilities, construction of veterans’ extended care facilities, and veteran cemetery repairs.
Provided an economic stimulus payment of $250 to disabled veterans receiving VA compensation or pension.
Priority Legislation Passed by the House
H.R. 1211, Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act, expands and improves VA services for the 1.8 million women veterans.
H.R. 3155, Caregiver Assistance and Resource Enhancement Act, provides immediate support for America’s wounded warriors by conducting outreach, providing training, and offering counseling to their caregivers.
H.R. 1171, Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization Act, strengthens national efforts to prevent America’s heroes from ever becoming homeless.
H.R. 3219, Veterans’ Insurance and Health Care Improvement Acts of 2009, gives veterans greater flexibility in their insurance choices and ensures that they are able to plan appropriately for their financial security.
H.R. 3949, Veterans’ Small Business Assistance and Service Members Protection Act of 2009, addresses reintegration challenges for veterans and provides enhanced protections