Concerned Veterans for America Announces 2015 “Vets on the Hill” Initiative
Veterans From Across The Nation Gather on Capitol Hill for Advocacy, April 28-30
Arlington, Va. – Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) today announced that “Vets on the Hill”—its annual Capitol Hill outreach initiative—will be held April 28-30 in Washington, D.C.
For this operation, CVA volunteers and supporters from around the country will participate over in 300-targeted meetings on Capitol Hill with congressional members and their staffs. Meetings will focus on CVA’s legislative reform agenda, with a primary focus on improving veterans’ health care through the Veterans Independence Act—CVA’s concrete set of bipartisan policy recommendations to bring accountability, choice and timely care to veterans. CVA will also advocate for defense reforms, overall spending reform, and military voting improvements.
Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, issued the following statement:
“Veterans have been used as election-year photo op backdrops for too long. It’s time for them to stand shoulder to shoulder in front of the podium and lead the fight for freedom and accountability.
“Vets on the Hill is an opportunity for lawmakers to hear directly from veterans about the slow pace of VA reform and present the Veterans Independence Act—CVA’s comprehensive plan to fix veterans’ health care.
“The needs of the VA bureaucracy can no longer be placed above the needs of the veterans it exists to serve. There is an overwhelming mandate for reform among the country’s 22 million veterans, and Vets on the Hill will demonstrate that the time to embrace real reform is now.
“But health care is not our only priority. Our veterans will also emphasize the need for acquisitions and personnel reforms at the Department of Defense, in order to ensure DoD has the resources it needs to deter and defeat America’s enemies. We will also press Congress to advance overall spending reform, as well as military voting reforms that ensure our warriors can exercise the fundamental right to vote.
The Veterans Independence Act is the core policy recommendations from CVA’s Fixing Veterans Health Care Taskforce, a bipartisan group of VA experts and policymakers, which launched in September 2014 and presented its final policy report at a Summit in Washington, D.C., in February. This is the second annual Vets on the Hill – which is part of CVA’s ongoing VA Accountability Project, an initiative CVA launched in February 2014 that focuses on bringing reform and accountability to the dysfunctional Department of Veterans Affairs.
Concerned Veterans for America is a non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c)(4) organization that advocates for policies that will preserve the freedom and prosperity we and our families so proudly fought and sacrificed to defend.