February 26th, 2009
01:31 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama's first budget: Pledging more for veterans

WASHINGTON (CNN) - An expansion in veterans' services is in President Barack Obama's first annual budget, introduced Thursday.

Click on the jump for more info about veterans' services funding in the budget.

The following are some of the key figures and proposals in the fiscal year 2010 budget:
–The Department of Veterans Affairs funding would increase by $5.5 billion, from $50.4 billion to $55.9 billion

- The VA also would receive an additional $1.4 billion in the stimulus package, which is separate from the budget.

- Funding for the VA would increase by $25 billion over the next five years.

- It "expands eligibility for veterans' health care to over 500,000 veterans by 2013" and "expands eligibility for VA health care to non-disabled veterans earning modest incomes ... for the first time since January 2003."

- Also, "for the first time, highly disabled veterans who are medically retired from service" would be able to collect both VA disability benefits and Department of Defense retirement benefits

- The Defense Department would add 21 new "Warrior in Transition" complexes, which provide comprehensive rehabilitative care for wounded veterans. The budget does not indicate the current total number of Warrior in Transition complexes.

- Mental health screening and treatment services offered by the VA would expand.

The government's fiscal year runs from October of one year through September of the next.

Related: Obama unveils budget blueprint

–CNN's Alan Silverleib contributed to this report.

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