July 24, 2019

Instead of throwing more money at the VA, why not try fixing its problems?

In the last 10 years, the Department of Veterans Affairs budget has more than doubled, reaching nearly $200 billion. Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked that if the debt limit is raised and federal spending levels increase, the treasury must provide another $22 billion to transfer to the VA. That extra spending was supposedly… Read more »

September 17, 2018

#VAFail – Here’s an Update on the Aurora, Colorado VA

The Rocky Mountain Regional Medical Center opened less than two months ago, and it already has issues with medical equipment. The Aurora, Colo., facility is unable to use the main dialysis system installed in the hospital. 9 News reports that the system is offline and patients are being treated with portable dialysis machines used for… Read more »

November 20, 2017

Secret Wait Lists Were Still in Use Last Year at Colorado VAs

Last week, the Office of Inspector General released its report on wait list complaints within the Eastern Colorado Health Care System. Its findings backed up claims that ECHCS staff were using unofficial wait lists to track referrals for mental health care. The improper use of separate wait lists for health appointments at the VA has… Read more »

October 5, 2017

#VAFail – More reports of unsanitary conditions at Colorado and Arkansas VAs

Unsanitary conditions at VA facilities have become unfortunately common at this point. Patients not only have to worry about long wait times or the ability to get into a VA facility for treatment, but they also often face unclean conditions once they do get in. Here’s a look at some of the evidence: Chicago-area VA:… Read more »

June 13, 2017

#VAFail – No Prosecutions for VA Officials Accused of Lying to Congress about Aurora Construction Scandal

The construction of the Veterans Affairs medical center in Aurora, CO has been an ongoing scandal. First the VA ignored repeated warnings that the project was behind schedule and over budget. Then it fined the employee who raised those concerns. The contractor quit, leaving behind unfinished facilities after the VA was found in breach of… Read more »

September 22, 2016

#VAFail – Colorado Wait Times May Have Led to Vet Suicide

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner has joined his colleague Senator Rob Johnson of Wisconsin in calling for investigation of wait times in Colorado Springs after a whistleblower reported “a veteran committed suicide while awaiting treatment for post-traumatic stress.” Whistleblower allegations claim that wait list issues are a problem in multiple Colorado facilities, including Denver, Golden and… Read more »

September 8, 2016

#VAFail – Colorado VA to be Subpoenaed

More trouble for Colorado and the Department of Veterans Affairs. This #VAFail is actually a fail follow-up to an issue that’s been brewing for years. But to summarize for those of you just tuning in: the Aurora VA facility is now 4 years late and over budget by more than $1 billion. That’s billion with… Read more »