Bilirakis Applauds Passage MilCon/VA Appropriations
“The MilCon/VA appropriations bill the House passed represents a $7 billion increase from FY2014, and includes a number of different provisions to protect our nation’s veterans. This legislation includes full funding for disability claims processing, to give the VA additional resources to reduce the backlog,” Bilirakis said. “Disability compensation and education benefits for veterans are also fully funded, as are vital resources for veterans returning to civilian life. H.R. 4486 increases funding for suicide prevention among veteran populations; one suicide is simply one too many,” continued Bilirakis.
H.R. 4486 provides a total of $165 billion for military construction and veterans affairs. This includes $64.7 billion in funding set on a yearly basis by Congress for veterans, an increase over FY2014 levels.