Thanks for publishing Rep. Kevin McCarthy's Jan. 31 Community Voices op-ed ("Time is now for VA to address huge backlog of benefit claims") concerning the failure of the VA to provide the much needed services to the many veterans who are suffering from neglect. However, McCarthy failed to tell us how much of a financial boost the Department of Veterans Affairs needs to effectuate services delivery.

Did he or any other congressman ask the VA how much is needed? America owes it to our vets; they went when called. Now, Congress needs to pay up. Has McCarthy introduced a funding increase for the VA? If not, why not?

Gerald Sutliff