Iowa Congressman Tom Latham Votes to Continue Funding Military Construction and Veterans Affairs
We have a moral and legal obligation to continue ensuring that our veterans have access to the medical care, job training, and benefits they have earned through countless years of selfless service
Washington, DC - With the start of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Appropriations Bills, Congressman Tom Latham continues to vote in favor of boosting veterans’ programs and making our government work smarter for veterans.
“We have a moral and legal obligation to continue ensuring that our veterans have access to the medical care, job training, and benefits they have earned through countless years of selfless service” said Latham.
The funding appropriations includes $45B, allowing for an estimated 6.7M patients to be treated in FY15 for mental health care, suicide prevention, traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment, homeless veteran programs, rural health initiatives, and other medical services.
This bill increases discretionary funding for veterans programs by $1.5B. An additional $173M will be provided for the paperless claims system process with $334M going to continue to modernize the VA electronic health record system.
“It is important that we continue to push the Department of Veteran’s affairs to modernize their systems. We expect a lean and responsive process to be put in place that promotes the health of the veteran as its highest priority” added Latham.
The measure approved by bi-partisan efforts ensures that our nation’s war-fighters have the support and infrastructure that promotes and preserves a fair quality of life and housing by providing $6.6B for construction of needed facilities while reducing the overall construction budget due to a reduced need for new projects.