Arlington, VA – Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) Vice President of Policy and Communications Dan Caldwell issued the following statement in response to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s remarks at the American Legion convention this afternoon:
“Hillary Clinton continues to repeat false strawman arguments about efforts to reform the VA, while at the same time doubling down on the status quo. Clinton rejects substantive and bipartisan reform proposals which would offer health care choice for veterans and increase accountability for bad VA employees. In the past, she has called problems at the VA ‘not widespread,’ so it’s hard to believe she is suddenly ‘outraged’ by the systemic problems VA status quo defenders have spent months denying.
“Concerned Veterans for America supports choice, accountability, and transparency at the VA. American veterans deserve nothing less.”
CVA supports the Caring for our Heroes in the 21st Century Act, which is the only VA reform proposal to comprehensively address and mitigate the core problems within the VA health care system. Introduced by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), it would strengthen and preserve the VA while also allowing veterans access to care outside the VA system when they need it.
CVA also supports the VA Accountability Act, which would extend reforms that make it easier to fire senior staff apply to all VA employees, and will continue to push for more robust VA reporting requirements.