WHAT THE MEASURE DOES:
Urges Congress to change funding of veterans’ health care from discretionary entitlement to
permanent and direct entitlement.
Currently, federal spending on veterans’ health care is discretionary. Veterans are able to receive
health care services through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs’ health care system
only to the extent congressional appropriations allow.
Oregon’s Legislative Assembly has sent a message to Congress about the importance of consistent
and reliable funding for veterans’ health care going back six years with three previous House Joint
Memorials: HJM 21 (2009), HJM 18 (2011) and HJM 9 (2013).
House Joint Memorial 18 urges Congress for the fourth time, to make the funding of health care for
veterans’ a permanent and direct entitlement.