In his hearing remarks, Dellinger criticized the VA for delays and cost overruns with its hospital-construction projects and pressed the department to eliminate its massive backlog of disability claims without sacrificing accuracy.
The commander also called on lawmakers to provide “advance appropriations” for all parts of the VA budget, shielding the department’s programs from annual budget battles by providing funding for several years at a time. Most of the VA’s programs already receive advance appropriations, but some, such as disability claims processing, construction and IT, do not.
Among the bills the Legion supported were measures in the House and Senate to: allow in-state tuition to all veterans, regardless of where they live; extend tax credits for hiring former troops; combating veterans’ homelessness; and prohibiting physical desecration of the American flag.
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