Veterans cheer Obama’s budget

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist

President Obama is drawing high praise from veterans’ service organizations for proposing a Department of Veterans Affairs budget that would exceed by $1.3 billion what even VSOs suggested be spent next year.

No president before ever offered a VA spending plan that surpassed in size the “Independent Budget” presented to Congress by major veterans groups. Obama seeks to fulfill several high-profile promises made to veterans during his presidential campaign including a big increase in VA health care budgets.