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2004-2005 VFW Legislative Priority Goals

VA Budget

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 basis.

Education

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 choosing.

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.

Military Retirees

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 facilities.

Secure health care and retirement benefits that recognize todayís essential contributions of our National Guard and reserve component members.

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