CVA Statement on VA IG Backlog Report
Arlington, Va. – Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) CEO Pete Hegseth made the following statement in response to the VA inspector general report released Wednesday which confirmed that thousands of veterans may have died waiting for their applications to be processed, while thousands of other applications were arbitrarily deleted:
“Wednesday’s OIG report reinforces what Concerned Veterans for America has been saying for years — the VHA is desperately in need of reform. Measures such as the VA Accountability Act, along with the proposals included in CVA’s bipartisan “Fixing Veterans Health Care” report, are a necessary first step to ensuring that the VA is equipped to adequately respond to veterans’ needs and provide the timely care they deserve.
“The VA’s failure to establish and enforce basic quality controls led to thousands of veterans having their benefits delayed, and, in many cases, denied. Worse, due to the department’s abysmal record-keeping policies, we don’t even know for sure how many veterans suffered needlessly or died while waiting for care. What is clear, however, is that nearly a year and a half after the VA wait list scandal began, the VA is still struggling to provide hundreds of thousands of veterans health care in a timely and efficient manner.”
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.