More money for veterans care

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January 18, 2008

AUGUSTA / WASHINGTON --- 12th District Georgia Congressman John Barrow says $3.7 billion dollars in additional money will help veterans health care.

President Bush approved releasing the money Thursday.

Barrow says this means, in the past year, the Department of Veterans
Affairs has been given an extra $7.6 billion by Congress.

He says the money will help strengthen health care for nearly six
million patients, including about 263,000 from the Iraq and Afghanistan

Part of it will be used for maintenance of VA health care facilities and
treatment for those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).

Barrow says the approval will mean the VA can add 1800 new
claims processors to help reduce the backlog of 400,000 pending

The increase in funding was supported by the country's leading
veterans organizations.

Barrow added, "Improving support for our vetrerans is one of my top
priorities. On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier
behind. And with this national investment, we will begin to fulfill our
pledge that we as a nation will leave no veteran behind."

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