President Trump, after slashing the budgets for 15 major agencies (e.g., Agriculture, Labor, Health & Human Services, Commerce, Education, Housing, Transportation, EPA, etc.) and completely eliminating funding for 19 other agencies, has proposed increasing the VA budget by $4.4 billion. In other words, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of the very few agencies in government that could see its budget grow in the 2018 fiscal year – by 6 percent. (Note: Over the past 9 fiscal years under President Obama, the VA’s total budget grew by nearly 86 percent, increasing from $97 billion in 2009 to $182 billion in 2017).
Given that one of North Carolina’s goals is “to be the most military friendly state in the country,” and that our state is home to nearly 800,000 veterans, 145,000 military defense personnel, and several major military installations, additional funding for the VA to expand health services and modernize its benefit claims system is a good step forward on the significant challenges affecting our state’s veterans and military retirees.
Challenges Affecting North Carolina Veterans
Last year the VA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) discovered in North Carolina: Read more