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East Texas veterans say proposed budget is just the starting point for more resources

A group of veterans discuss the proposed budget. (Source: KTRE) A group of veterans discuss the proposed budget. (Source: KTRE)
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Late last week, President Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget. In the proposal the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a portion of the proposed budget.

In the fiscal year of 2018, the proposed discretionary budget for the department is $78.9 billion which is a six percent increase from last year.

East Texas veterans who met Sunday at the Veteran of Foreign Wars post 1836 in Lufkin said the increase in funding for the department is desperately needed.

"For years, it's been lacking and hopefully with the increase in the budget, it'll put the funds where they need to be to increase our health care,” said Paul Lester, VFW Post 9313 Post Commander in San Augustine.

Joe Wolf, a member for the Lufkin post, said veterans have been supporting the world too long. While critics point to the increase causing cuts in other areas, including the arts, Wolf said hard decisions have to be made.

"I support the arts. I'm an artist myself, a singer and songwriter. And I agree you can't cut out the arts, but the arts will continue whether they have government support or not,” Wolf said.

Wolf explains it’s time to take better care of vets especially those who suffer from mental challenges.

"(I) Had numerous buddies who suffered from PTSD and you know it's bad when they can't get help,” Wolf said.

Advocates of the proposed budget said the bump is just a starting point.

The VFW said they will work closely with the White House Administration and Congress in the coming days to secure a quality budget for the men and women who have served our nation.

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