Christine Scott Specialist in Social Policy
Sidath Viranga Panangala Specialist in Veterans Policy
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
provides a range of benefits and services to veterans who meet certain
eligibility criteria. These benefits and services include hospital and medical care,
disability compensation and pensions, education, vocational rehabilitation and
employment services, assistance to homeless veterans, home loan
guarantees, administration of life insurance as well as traumatic injury
protection insurance for servicemembers, and death benefits that cover burial
This report provides a preliminary analysis of the President’s budget request
for FY2013 for the programs administered by the VA. For FY2013, the
Administration is requesting approximately $140.3 billion for the VA, an
increase of $13.4 billion over FY2012 budget authority. This amount
includes approximately $64.0 billion in discretionary funds and approximately
$76.4 billion in mandatory funding.
The FY2013 budget request for VA medical care programs is $56.3 billion, with a
FY2014 request of advance appropriations of $54.5 billion. This
report is not an exhaustive discussion of VA’s budget request for FY2013. A
full CRS report on FY2013 VA budget and appropriations issues is planned
after initial congressional consideration of appropriations legislation.
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