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A Letter from Dick Durbin
December 27, 2007
Mr. Alfred Hosick
14592 Wilburn Road
West Frankfort, IL 62896
Dear Mr. Hosick:
Since you have contacted me in the past in support of increased federal funding for veterans, I wanted to provide you with this update about recent developments that will help improve the welfare of troops and veterans.
I am pleased that we were able to increase funding for veterans programs for Fiscal Year 2008 in order to provide our past and present service members with adequate medical services and facilities. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2008 (H.R. 2764), which Congress recently passed, will fully fund veterans' health care and boost veterans spending by $3.7 billion above the President's request. This much-needed funding increase - the largest in the 77-year history of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - will allow the agency to better meet the needs of the men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as those who have served in the past.
In addition to increased funding for health care services, this legislation provides $75 million above the President's request to improve the management and efficiency of the VA health care system.
In May 2007, I introduced legislation to require the VA and the Department of Defense to implement a comprehensive program to diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate soldiers and veterans who have suffered a service-related Traumatic Brain Injury. Major portions of this measure were included in the Dignified Treatment of Wounded Warriors Act, which Congress passed as part of the Defense Authorization bill (H.R. 1585). That bill also now awaits the President's signature.
Veterans and their families deserve more than words of gratitude. Providing
accessible and affordable health care is an important way of showing our
support and gratitude for their service. I will continue to fight to fully
fund the programs that our veterans deserve and depend on.
Richard J. Durbin
United States Senator
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Sent: Friday, January 27, 2006 3:33 PM
Subject: Re: WriteRep Responses
January 24, 2006
Mr. Alfred P. Hosick
14592 Wilburn Rd
West Frankfort, Illinois 62896-4231
I wanted to drop you a note to let you know I received your
message regarding H.B. 4247, legislation that offers a property tax
exemption for disabled veterans.
I appreciate you contacting my office regarding this issue and
thank you for sharing your concerns with me. This measure is a
state matter under consideration by the Illinois General Assembly.
If you have not already done so, I urge you to contact your state
legislators with your views at their local offices.
In addition, I want you to know that I have always been a strong
supporter of ensuring that veterans, military retirees, and active
duty service men and women and their families receive adequate
If I can be of further assistance in the future, please do not hesitate
to contact me.
Jerry F. Costello
Member of Congress