Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015, Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans' Affairs, and Related Agencies, of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, March 25, 2014 [open pdf - 4MB]
This is the March 25, 2014 hearing titled, "Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015," held before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans' Affairs, and Related Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations. From the opening statement of Tim Johnson, U.S. Senator from South Dakota: "I ask you today to reflect on the long view of the future of the VA. Medical care costs are going to continue to rise. Compensation and pension costs are going to continue to rise. [...] Quality VA medical care cannot be provided in substandard facilities, and yet the VA's investment in major and minor construction and nonrecurring maintenance is woefully inadequate and falling further behind every year. If these shortfalls are not addressed soon, patient care will suffer. It was not that long ago that VA healthcare was decried as being substandard. That has changed dramatically to the point that VA healthcare is now viewed as a model of excellence. That must not be allowed to deteriorate. Facility replacement, repair, and maintenance are key to maintaining the quality of VA medical care, but the VA budget request for these essential investments is nowhere near adequate to maintaining these facilities. I look forward to discussing these and other long-term challenges facing the VA."
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