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Budget Analysis By Issue: Veterans

The president is requesting about $122 billion for the the Department of Veterans Affairs for fiscal 2011. That includes nearly $800 million in services targeting veterans who are homeless, in part through partnerships with private and government groups. It would also allocate specific funds for counseling and medical care for veterans who are female, acknowledging that women are serving at unprecedented levels in the nation's wars.

The president's budget envisions billions to prevent delays in VA medical care. It would also invest $5.2 billion in specialized care for veterans with mental health conditions, including traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Analysis: About 2 million veterans have deployed to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The budget reflects the health needs they face — especially traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress — and the challenges they encounter when they come home.