VA, DHS FY 2013 Budgets
Slawinski, FRA’s National Veterans Service Officer, and Director
of Legislative Programs John Davis attended a budget briefing on the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) FY 2013 budget this
week. Unlike the Defense budget, the
Administration’s VA budget request includes a 10.5-percent
increase ($140.3 billion) over the current fiscal year and also contains
$54.5 billion in advanced appropriations for VA health care in FY 2014.
Funding for non-VA outpatient care is increased by almost 14 percent
over the FY 2012 budget. The increased funding is in response to
estimates that more than one million current active duty personnel will
become veterans over the next five years.
The budget also
addresses a number of other VA priorities, including efforts to reduce
the backlog of unresolved disability claims and reduce unemployment and
homelessness among veterans.
news, the U. S. Coast Guard’s FY 2013 budget, which is part of the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget request, is reduced from
$8.6 billion for the current fiscal year (FY 2012) to $8.3 Billion for
FY 2013. The plan also calls for manpower reductions of 1,000. FRA is
concerned about the budget plan and will share its recommendations with
the service’s oversight committees in the coming