2004-2005 VFW Legislative Priority
Ensure that adequate funding is authorized and appropriated for VA health
care so that the system can properly fulfill its obligation to care for all
of our nationís sick and disabled veterans.
Further, authorize and implement the mandatory funding of veteranís
health care to ensure fully sufficient funding on a regular and timely
Authorize and fully fund a GI Bill for the 21st Century that
provides servicemembers the full cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies and
living expenses for attendance at any institution of learning of their
Repeal the $1,200 pay reduction for participation in the Montgomery GI
Bill educational benefit.
Guarantee that the educational benefit for the Guard and Reserve be
increased so that it is proportional with the active duty benefit and that
it be regularly increased in accordance with the active duty benefit.
Ensure that Congress authorizes and fully funds legislation allowing all
eligible disabled military retirees to receive their full military
retirement pay and full disability compensation without offset.
Additionally, prevail upon the Congress and Administration to enact a law
ending the offset between the Survivors Benefit Program (SBP) and Dependency
and Indemnity Compensation (DIC).
Military Quality of Life Issues
Increase the annual pay of armed forces members to equal the pay of their
civil service counterparts.
Obtain increased funding for improving active-duty housing and work
Secure health care and retirement benefits that recognize todayís
essential contributions of our National Guard and reserve component members.