Vets across the country will be able to make an extra donation to help offset the cost of caring for wounded warriors in need.
As the Washington Post reports, the Department of Defense will use the money to support Vets, which will then use it to purchase and deliver additional medical supplies to troops and their families in need across the nation.
That will allow vets to make another, smaller donation to pay for their care while the wounded warriors remain hospitalized, which is a vital time of recovery and recovery-related services.
The VA announced that it will also be able offer some discounts to vets and their family members to help cover the cost for supplies, including vaccines, care packages, and prescription medications.
But the news of the discount comes as the VA’s funding has been cut by nearly a third over the past several years, with the last funding increase scheduled to take effect on January 1.
Vets have historically been the primary beneficiaries of these funds, with more than half of all medical expenses for the vets being paid for by vets.
While the program has been successful in helping veterans get back on their feet, the VA also has been hit with criticism for the high cost of administering the program, and it has struggled to find funding to keep up with demand.
This change in funding is likely the first step in a plan that the VA is taking to fix the system’s long-standing problems.
The program currently runs on a system that allows vets to donate to the program at their own expense, but the new donation program is expected to increase the amount of money that vets can donate.
As Vox’s Julia Angwin writes, the new initiative will “ensure that vets are able to donate in order to help the veterans they served, without the need for them to go to the VA and pay for a service from the private sector.”
It’s unclear how many veterans will be eligible to make a donation, but some vets are already on the waiting list for a $1,000 donation.
In order to qualify, vets must be diagnosed with a condition like PTSD, or have had post-traumatic stress disorder for at least six months, and be eligible for a VA disability pension.
To qualify, the vets must have been physically or mentally disabled for at most one month prior to the date they are eligible to donate.
The new system will also allow vets who have already made a $25,000 or $50,000 contribution to make donations of up to $100,000, and will allow veterans who make the first donation to deduct up to 10 percent of their medical expenses, or the amount they have contributed, from their income taxes.
There’s no word on how many vets will be allowed to donate, but it is expected that vets will have the option to opt out if they’re unhappy with the new system.
The move is likely to benefit vets who are currently eligible for the Vets for All program, which allows vets who live in high-crime areas to donate $5,000 for every $100 they donate.