Thursday, October 22, 2009

President Obama Signs Veterans Health Bill

President Obama today signed into law The Veterans Health Care, Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009. This legislation contained something the Veterans Administration and several Veterans Service Organizations had long asked for secure and advanced budget appropriations for the VA Health Care.

This is a momentous day for our countries veterans and the Veterans Affairs, but more importantly for our nations veterans. In the last 23 years, 20 times the VA had to wait for
budget approval, thus creating delays and hardships for veterans receiving health care from the

The VA will now be funded a year in advance and will be able to more carefully plan how to use
the funds. No longer will the VA have to wait and wonder and worry. This advanced knowledge
will help eliminate problems in providing the high quality care that the VA provides to our veterans who so richly deserve

As President Obama signed the bill which was observed by Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Eric K. Shineseki, members of Congress who played key roles in the passage of the legislation.
Also in attendance were representatives of the American Legion and several other VSO's.
The President made brief comments saying this was a promise fulfilled.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
"We Remember"