For those of you who claim to support our troops maybe you'd better give you ol' buddy Dubbyuh a call at the White House. His idea of supporting the troops is to cut funding for VA medical services to wounded veterans returning from Iraq. Our men and women in uniform are nothing but props to him...to be trotted out for the occaisional photo-op. <blockquote>"The president has delivered a disappointing funding request for the Department of Veterans Affairs," said the leader of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., in reaction to the administration's fiscal year 2006 budget request that was released today. "The claimed increase of $880 million for VA health care funding is really only about $100 million once you subtract those amounts that would be shouldered by military veterans," said John Furgess, the VFW's commander-in-chief. "And $100 million neither matches inflation nor do anything to help the VA keep pace with the needs of a veterans' population that now includes wounded troops from Iraq and Afghanistan," he said. "This budget will cause veterans' health care to be delayed and may result in the return of six-month-long waiting periods. That is especially shameful during a time of war." - <a href=http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=news.newsDtl&did=2362>VFW</a></blockquote> <blockquote>PRESIDENT Bush gives plenty of lip service to men and women in uniform. Now its time for the President to put his money where his mouth is and fully fund veterans benefits. An official of the Department of Veterans Affairs admitted last week that it is short $1 billion for the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, but giving short shrift to those who have served their country is nothing new for this administration. For several years now, the Bush bean counters have been slashing funds for veterans medical care. Playing cheap with those who have put their lives on the line would be a concern any time. Coming as the shortfall does as soldiers return home daily from war in Afghanistan and Iraq with horrific injuries, its a scandal. The outrage on Capitol Hill is bipartisan, even though Republicans have continually thwarted Democratic attempts to give the VA more money under the guise of budget restraint. - <a href=http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050630/OPINION02/50630004>The Toledo Blade</a></blockquote> It was only yesterday that the Senate voted to approve $1.5 billion in emergency funds to help cover the shortfalls in VA health programs. Yeah buddy, Dubbyuh supports the troops.