VA funds could double in the next three years

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – More of your taxpayer money could be spent on helping our veterans get medical care.

Both the Senate and House passed versions of a bill that would drastically expand the amount of federal money designated to the Veterans Affairs department.

The Congressional Budget estimates 35 billion dollars more could be spent over the next three years. That’s in addition to the 44 billion federal dollars the VA already spends.

One taxpayer said he’s glad more money will help those who serve our country.

“I have no problem spending more money on my veterans. I just want the system to be able to get the most bang for my buck. It seems as if the system needs to be revamped, it needs to be reworked, so I’d say this isn’t going to solve the problem, but it’s a step in the right direction,” said Mike Scuder of Longmeadow.

One way the VA hopes to speed up the wait for treatment is by paying for veterans to get treatment at local hospitals.

Some of this proposed extra money would help cover those costs as well.

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