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OFFE Introduces Dynamic Resolution for Future Veterans’ Healthcare


By Staff Writer: Rick Townsend

December 7, 2006

Among the many projects OFFE volunteers have been working on is a resolution which calls for mandatory funding for veterans’ healthcare. Contrary to popular belief, the Department of Veterans Affairs receives only discretionary funding from the Department of Defense annual budget. Many veterans’ advocates see this as the primary reason the VA health care system cannot keep pace with the fluctuating number of eligible veterans enrolling in the system, and the rising cost of healthcare. Mandatory funding would put veterans funding in a budget category by itself and would solve many of the understaffing problems the VA now faces.


Earlier this year, the funding issue made it to the Senate floor. On March 16, 2006, the United States Senate voted down mandatory funding for veterans’ healthcare services (Ref: Stabenow Amendment No. 3141), which would have insured full mandatory funding for veterans’ healthcare needs. The final vote was YEA 46 / NAY 54. Evidently, 46 Senators thought is was a worthy idea and voted for the Amendment..


Vietnam combat disabled veteran Gene Simes is National Chairman for OFFE. “Think about it. 8 Senators stood in the way of legislation that would have served over 25 million veterans. That is totally unacceptable,” Sime said in a recent FBN telephone interview. “The vote was right down party lines. These Senators are playing political football with the healthcare earned by our veterans,” Simes added.


OFFE Public Relations Director [Name Omitted] weighted in on the matter this way, “Our military has artillery shells that cost over $250.00 each. Our current President has pledged 500 billion dollars for Mars exploration. We send billions overseas for aid to foreign countries that don’t even like us. And we have VA hospital emergency rooms closing at 4:30 in the afternoon? Give me a break. The time has come for the America people to voice their support for full mandatory funding of VA system. Our former military personnel deserve nothing less,” [Name Omitted] stated.


Simes and [Name Omitted] are asking everyone to support full mandatory funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs. “We want everyone reading this article to print the Resolution out, sign it, and send it in,” Sime said. “Take it to work and have your company and co-workers sign a copy. Take it to church, or union meeting, or high school, or your city council, or the governor of your state, VFW Post or DAV chapter. This issue belongs to every red blooded American,” Simes said.


OFFE is attempting to get the mandatory funding issue on the 2008 national election ballets. The more signed resolutions they can disturb and collect the better the chances the American people will determine this issue. 

Operation Firing For Effect (OFFE) is subsidiary of Veterans For Veteran Connection a registered 501-3C non-profit organization home based in Rochester, New York. OFFE is devoted to protecting and improving the healthcare service for our former military personnel and their families. Operation Firing For Effect has representatives and members in many states nationwide. For more information, contact Gene Simes  (315)986-7322).

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