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The White House is requesting an 11 percent boost to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ budget for 2023, money that would fund anticipated increases in medical costs, expand the family caregiver program, and provide for several capital improvement projects at medical centers and cemeteries. The $301 billion proposal marks the first time the VA’s budget would exceed $300 billion—more than six times what it was in fiscal 2001 just before the 9/11 attacks and subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—and moves the department second only to the Defense Department in discretionary spending