On Friday afternoon, Congress officially passed the FY2010 military construction and VA budget, which included the first advance budget for the VA. The House version, which has a companion bill in the Senate, includes $48.2 billion in funds for VA health care immediately available in FY2011.
AMVETS and the other nation's top veterans' service organizations have been calling for Congress to overhaul the VA funding mechanism for more than a decade. To read AMVETS' response, Click Here.
The Senate is expected to act shortly on advance appropriations. Check back regularly with American Veteran Online for updates as this story develops.