September 20, 2017

Former DC VA Director Fired Again

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Shulkin upheld his commitment of bringing more accountability into the VA by firing the former Director of the D.C. VA Medical Center, Brian Hawkins. Hawkins was originally fired in late July after investigations found gross mismanagement and negligence at the D.C. VA. It found that under Hawkins’ watch, veterans… Read more »

September 20, 2017

#VAFail – Audits show Choice Program payment errors costing millions

Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Michael Missal sent a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin last week outlining audit findings into payments made under the Veterans Choice Program. The shortened version: it’s not going well. The OIG is currently in the process of completing two audits, with a third audit to follow,… Read more »

September 19, 2017

Manchester VA Whistleblowers Ridicule “Broken Hospital System”

Incompetence and a toxic culture were major themes of whistleblowers’ testimony before a House Veterans Affairs Committee field hearing on the Manchester, New Hampshire VA Medical Center scandal. Dr. Erik J. Funk of the cardiology department at the Manchester VA Medical Center bluntly stated his prognosis of the situation to the committee: “What needs to… Read more »

September 18, 2017

#VAFail – VA only scheduling half the appointments it has available

A new report from the Washington Examiner claims that the Department of Veterans Affairs is only using half of its appointment capacity to make appointments for veterans, while thousands still wait more than a month to be seen by a doctor. While the VA has boasted that wait times have decreased over the years, nearly… Read more »

September 18, 2017

70 years later, no stopping the U.S. Air Force

The United States Air Force turns 70 years old today! At that age, the Air Force is the youngest branch in our military. After World War II, it became apparent that the U.S. needed a separate branch in the skies, and the Air Force was thus born out of the U.S. Army. The Air Force… Read more »

September 17, 2017

230 years later, the Constitution is still sacrificed for every day

Happy Constitution Day! On this day in 1787, 39 men from 12 of the 13 colonies signed their name to a document outlining the new form of American government: the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution proved to be a necessity after the Articles of Confederation failed to provide an adequate governance for the… Read more »

September 14, 2017

VA Secretary: The Future of Veterans’ Health Care is Choice Reform

Veterans deserve the best health care possible. That means giving them more control. Veterans who need health care should be free to choose the provider that meets their unique needs, whether that’s a VA hospital or something else. Some veterans have the freedom to choose their doctor under the current system. But the current system… Read more »