Stories for June 2005

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Thursday, June 30

Why did VA shun funding for health care?

VA officials have reversed themselves and now concede $2.6 billion more is needed over the next two years. Congress needs to get to the root of the turnaround.

Friday, June 24

VA faces $1 billion shortfall this year

Local officials say the national budget problem will mean belt tightening here.

WASHINGTON -- _ The Department of Veterans Affairs told Congress that its health care-costs grew faster than expected and left a $1 billion hole in its budget this year, lawmakers said Thursday.House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Steve Buyer, R-Ind

Friday, June 17

History might play big role in future of VA

Now that the officers' quarters on the VA grounds are on the Most Endangered Historic Properties list, outside funding might be available to upgrade the facility.

The Department of Veterans Affairs, as it should, puts the bulk of its resources (our tax dollars) into caring for veterans.But that means in areas such as Walla Walla, where some of the buildings at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Me