Over the longer term, planning and budgeting — to include staffing — of the VA has to be intrinsically tied to defense planning writ large; the run-up to the Iraq war is but one (albeit high profile) example of where this did not happen. This is not currently the case, and once again, and by law, it can be, and should be. The Lieberman Amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill of 1997 already requires that the Defense Department conduct a comprehensive review of military strategy, possible force employment, and budgeting every four years: the "Quadrennial Defense Review," or QDR. Making veterans' care a central part of that review — both ongoing care as well as that projected into the future as part of potential force employment — is a logical next step. The time to stop treating veterans' care as something of an afterthought in the national dialogue over resourcing priorities is at hand in any case, and solutions, and our veterans, should not have to wait.