The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is second only to the Department of Defense in the size of its budget and bureaucracy, and the current administration's budget request for the 2015 fiscal year is almost 164 billion dollars.' The VA's annual budget will continue to increase in the coming years as Vietnam War veterans grow older and those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan return to the civilian population. Virginia alone is home to over 840,000 veterans. Despite the VA's massive budget and our country's growing veteran population, many veterans' issues are not being adequately addressed, and the legal needs of our veterans require our increased attention.
Edward G. Simpson III & Gregory L. Collins,
Forward "Serving Those Who Have Served",
Rich. J.L. & Pub. Int.
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