In 2022, CVA is looking to build on the immense progress we made in 2021, continuing efforts to rethink America’s foreign policy, end endless wars by withdrawing American troops from Iraq and Syria, defending and expanding VA reforms and more health care options for veterans, holding elected and non-elected officials accountable to the law and the Americans they serve, and pursuing a more secure financial future for our country.
Here you can read where CVA stands on our priority issues. To achieve these goals, CVA will utilize the full force of its grassroots army, partner with principled leaders willing to engage to advance effective, nonpartisan policies, and continue to incentivize lawmakers to put principled policy before divisive partisanship.
The War in Iraq has cost America dearly but has not served our vital interests, distracting us from bigger priorities. Keeping U.S. troops in Iraq exposes them to frequent and unnecessary risk. With ISIS’ territorial caliphate defeated, it is time to bring our troops home. Policymakers should also pursue a strategy of realism and restraint by drawing down other open-ended deployments in Syria, Yemen, and the horn of Africa, which lack clearly achievable objectives and are not focused on core U.S. interests. The United States should also avoid new security commitments, such as Ukrainian NATO membership, that risk conflict with capable, nuclear-armed adversaries. Finally, Congress should pursue accountability and ensure we learn from our longest war by supporting the efforts of the Afghanistan War Commission. [READ MORE]
Congress has ignored its Article I duty to authorize and oversee military action, increasing the risk of entering unwise conflicts and skewing the balance of war powers.
Veterans deserve access to quality, timely health care. Reports emerged last year of delayed, denied, and cancelled health care appointments at the VA. The VA’s failure to follow the policies, procedures, and training from VA MISSION Act law and regulations require robust oversight. Congress should protect health care choice by codifying the established access standards, confirm members of the Asset and Infrastructure Review commission, and consider long-term solutions that provide full health care choice. [READ MORE]
Despite generous resources from the VA and DOD to empower veterans once they transition to civilian life, too often barriers hold them back from success. The transition process is bureaucratic, rehabilitation is an afterthought, and the structure of VA disability benefits is ripe for reform and modernization. Congress should start by establishing an independent assessment and expert commission to provide recommendations for reforming disability benefits. The VA should provide necessary services for the seriously injured while promoting policies to help them achieve their full potential. [READ MORE]
Even as the total veteran population shrinks, the annual spending at the VA continues to rise dramatically. Today a new generation of veterans is entering the VA and changes to how the VA prioritizes and delivers care and benefits is overdue. Congress should seek to align VA spending and pursue periodic independent assessments to audit the VA. Too many programs and services are set to autopilot without evaluating their effectiveness or measuring whether they are a good use of VA resources. [READ MORE]
The greatest threat to America’s safety and future prosperity is our mounting debt, which threatens our ability to fund a strong national defense.
Sustainable defense spending, driven by strategy that wisely focuses limited resources on core U.S. interests, must be part of the conversation about our nation’s fiscal health. The next DOD budget should reflect our reduced obligations now that the war in Afghanistan has ended. As such, Congress should reduce the 2023 DOD topline reduced by $50 billion—the projected amount staying in Afghanistan another year would have cost U.S. taxpayers. [READ MORE]