Announced in a release, the proposed 2014 budget will increase long-term care benefits to veterans by 10 percent, or $7.6 billion. Other highlights in the healthcare area include $6.9 billion for mental health services; $246 million for traumatic brain injuries; $601 million for spinal cord injuries; $4.1 billion to provide healthcare for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan; and $2.5 billion for prosthetics.
To expand and ensure access to healthcare programs and services, $460 million is earmarked for home telehealth funding, $799 million for the activation of new and enhanced healthcare facilities and $422 million for woman-specific medical care. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, said, “This budget will have a positive impact on the lives of veterans, their families and survivors for generations to come.”
Other budget considerations address unemployed veterans, housing, education, information technology and administration of the VA-run national cemeteries.