"Congress did its part; it's the VA that is holding the money," Oleaga said. "Of course that's not right."
The accusation confronts a VA already staggering under a growing burden of severely injured veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan in need of long-term care because of amputations, brain injuries or other trauma.
VA officials could not be immediately reached for comment. However, the agency has reportedly said they have not implemented the law because it is still being reviewed by the federal Office of Management and Budget.