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August 30, 1988
The Veterans Administration has taken more than 13,000 beds at VA hospitals out of use while telling Congress that budget cuts have not hurt service, the House Veterans Affairs Committee charged. "It is amazing the dramatic contrast between what we are learning from the field and what we are told officially" by VA officials in Washington, said Rep. G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery (D-Miss.), chairman of the panel. The committee will hold a hearing on the matter Sept. 7.
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NEWS
August 30, 1988
The Veterans Administration has taken more than 13,000 beds at VA hospitals out of use while telling Congress that budget cuts have not hurt service, the House Veterans Affairs Committee charged. "It is amazing the dramatic contrast between what we are learning from the field and what we are told officially" by VA officials in Washington, said Rep. G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery (D-Miss.), chairman of the panel. The committee will hold a hearing on the matter Sept. 7.
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February 20, 1987 | Associated Press
A House committee voted Thursday to reject President Reagan's call for sharply raising fees on new VA home loans and to add $716 million to the White House budget proposal for the Veterans Administration. The House Veterans Affairs Committee, in a report to the full budget committee, recommended increased spending on VA medical care, including an added $30 million to treat veterans with AIDS in the next fiscal year.
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February 20, 1987 | Associated Press
A House committee voted Thursday to reject President Reagan's call for sharply raising fees on new VA home loans and to add $716 million to the White House budget proposal for the Veterans Administration. The House Veterans Affairs Committee, in a report to the full budget committee, recommended increased spending on VA medical care, including an added $30 million to treat veterans with AIDS in the next fiscal year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1991 | TOM SWEETNAM, TOM SWEETNAM of Ventura was wounded five times while serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. Commenting on the medical care of veterans, including those in the Gulf, he told The Times: and
The government over the past decade has pared Veterans Administration budget allotments for the medical care of disabled veterans to its lowest level in years. Veterans with combat-related injuries must wait up to four months just to see a doctor at a VA hospital. Will our sons and daughters fighting the Persian Gulf War suffer the same indignity? Unless an overhaul of VA policy and budget allotment is enacted soon, they almost certainly will.
NEWS
August 24, 1989
The Veterans Administration Medical Center in Long Beach has received a long-delayed $2.3 million from the federal government to complete a new spinal injury center that has lain dormant since October. "We are actively releasing the purchase orders for the equipment earmarked for the new complex," said Lewis Stout, a hospital spokesman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1990 | LISA MASCARO
Shooting hoops while warming up for a game of basketball at the annual Disabled American Veterans national convention, the vets joked and high-fived old buddies and reminisced with friends from another time. But the frivolity on the court gave little hint of the gloomy undercurrent as nearly 2,500 vets gathered Saturday at the Anaheim Hilton and Towers. Looming federal budget cuts, the vets say, are certain to chip away at veteran benefits.
NEWS
April 27, 1986 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, Times Staff Writer
The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee said he will take steps to block the proposed sale of 109 acres at the Veterans Administration complex in Westwood if the agency does not reverse its decision to declare the property excess. "I'm against excessing any VA property," said Rep. G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery (D-Miss.) "Once it is gone it cannot be replaced."
NEWS
March 17, 1991 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Vietnam veterans in Ventura County received an urgent call-up last week: At all costs, they were to be at the gates of Port Hueneme naval base before dawn on two mornings to wave American flags and homemade signs. The veterans, men in their 40s with consuming memories of more hostile homecomings, were to line up along Pleasantville Road outside the base and be prepared to cheer and sing for the troops returning from Operation Desert Storm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1998 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the VA's Southern California System of Clinics will merge, creating the largest regional veterans health care system in the United States, federal officials announced Thursday. The integrated medical system, with an annual budget of more than $400 million, will serve most of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Kern and San Luis Obispo counties.
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