CVA Blog

An Important First Step

Last week was a major victory for veterans and military families because the House of Representatives and Senate overwhelmingly passed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act—a VA reform bill that, while not perfect, was desperately needed and a significant first step.

By Pete Hegseth | Tuesday, August 5th 2014

Op-Ed | Don’t Allow VA to Sabotage Real Reform

As Seen in the The Weekly Standard

Forty-four years after the legendary May 1970 Life magazine cover story first exposed the disgusting and shameful mistreatment of our nation’s Vietnam-era veterans in government medical facilities, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is once again in desperate need of reform. Courageous whistleblowers have exposed systemic corruption and exposed falsified records, secret waiting lists, and delayed care — representing yet another scandalous and unconscionable neglect of our nation’s veterans.

By Pete Hegseth | Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Op-Ed | Iraq's Disintegration

As Seen in National Review Online

While state senators, U.S. senators, and candidates can whimsically say what they please, presidents cannot. Presidents are entrusted with the defense of our nation, regardless of party affiliation or political considerations. Yet in 2009, President Obama was handed an imperfect — but winnable — game plan in Iraq, at which point he eagerly quit, for all the wrong reasons.

By Pete Hegseth | Saturday, June 21st 2014

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Op-Ed | VA can still turn things around for better care

As Seen in The Albuquerque Journal

One thing virtually all Americans would agree upon is that the men and women who have served our nation in uniform deserve the highest level of respect for their service and sacrifice.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs appears to have lost sight of that fact. Over the last several months, it’s become alarmingly clear that the VA has strayed from its mission of service to veterans.

By Concerned Veterans | Thursday, June 19th 2014

Moving Towards Real Reform

Today, the House of Representatives named its conferees for the negotiation on legislation that deals with accountability, choice and transparency at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The flurry of activity since the resignation of Secretary Shinseki, and the release of the interim report that assessed the problems at the VA facilities in Phoenix, resulted in solutions that were in harmony with both the Senate and the House.

By Concerned Veterans | Wednesday, June 18th 2014