Dold Bill Includes Funding for Naval Station Great Lakes and James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Robert Dold (IL-10) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies (Milcon/VA) Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016 (including some funding for fiscal year 2017 programs): “Over 30,000 of our nation’s heroes call the Tenth District home, and this bill provides support for programs that are essential to their well-being, including much needed funding for mental health initiatives. While there is still much work to be done—including eliminating corruption in the Department of Veterans Affairs, shortening the amount of time veterans wait for care and lowering the veteran unemployment rate—this bipartisan agreement is crucial to our military community in North Chicago and reflects our nation’s strong commitment to national defense." Milcon/VA projects in the Tenth District of Illinois: • $7.7 billion for military construction projects, including military housing at Naval Station Great Lakes. • $48.6 billion for veterans health administration medical services, including funding for the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, which cares for 67,000 beneficiaries each year. Other key provisions: Funding for compensation payments for 4.7 million veterans and pension funds for an additional 522,000 veterans. Approximately 33,500 veterans live in the Tenth District.
Congressman Robert Dold • $4.7 billion to support the Department of Veterans Affairs’ information technology capability, including $233 million for upgrading the Department of Veterans Affairs' electronic medical records system. • $457 million for improvements to the disability claims processing backlog. • $7.7 billion for mental health programs, including $144 million in suicide prevention outreach.
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