Veterans React to Bush Administration's VFW Budget Proposals

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After learning about the 2006 proposed budget, local veterans attacked the plan as a sad situation that doesn't respect veteran sacrifices.

President Bush believes the 2006 budget proposal will go a long way in his goal to cut the federal defect in half by 2009.

The administration proposes a five percent increase in military spending, but only a slight increase for many veterans programs.

The budget would more than double the co-payment veterans would pay for prescription drugs and would force some veterans to pay a $250 fee to receive government health benefits.

Members at the VFW Post 9759 in Loves Park say the proposal sends the wrong message to those who served in the past and the 300,000 troops who serve in the present.

"There are people that are needy for medical, mental, etc. Where are you for them, we were there for you, where are you for them?" veteran Dave Myers said.

Area veterans use the VA Clinic in Rockford and the VA Hospital for their medical needs.