VA Secretary David J. Shulkin summarized his plans to use the 2018 budget request towards improving veteran services. The 2018 budget request for discretionary funding totals $82.1 billion (including medical care collections), of which $66.4 billion was previously provided as the VA Medical Care 2018 Advance Appropriation. The budget request for mandatory funding totals $104.3 billion. While Secretary Shulkin acknowledged the VA has made noteworthy improvements in delivering benefits to veterans, more must be done. We have outlined the details of Secretary Shulkin's top five priorities for improving the quality of service provided to veterans by the VA.
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