Independent Budget Released for For Years 2021 and 2022
By PVA National Staff
In advance of the President’s budget, DAV, PVA, and Veterans of Foreign Wars released, The Independent Budget (IB) Recommendations for Fiscal Years (FY) 2021 and 2022 Advance Appropriations, providing a roadmap to ensure that VA is fully-funded and capable of carrying out its mission to serve veterans and their families, both now and in the future. For fiscal year (FY) 2021, The IB recommended $98.4 billion in total medical care funding to meet the full demand for care both within VA health care facilities, as well as through the new Community Care Networks established by the VA MISSION Act. The IB recommended a $328 million increase for prosthetics and sensory aids; $590 million to improve gender-specific health care and services for women veterans; $20 million in reproductive services for service-connected catastrophically disabled veterans; and $776 million to begin closing the gap in clinical vacancies across the Veterans Health Administration.
For the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), the IB recommend a total of $3.23 billion for FY 2021—an increase of roughly $101 million over FY 2020—and $218 million for the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA)—an increase of approximately $36 million above the current fiscal year. The IB recommendations include additional information technology (IT) funding for both VBA and BVA to modernize their IT infrastructure and streamline the delivery of benefits to more than four million disabled veterans and their survivors
You can see the budget here.