April 24, 2017

#VAFail – VA sent thousands of letters to incorrect addresses

The Department of Veterans Affairs just can’t figure out how to send mail. In February we told you about Scott Davis, an employee at the VA’s national enrollment office in Atlanta, who warned that the VA was about to throw 500,000 veterans’ applications in the trash because of mistakes they made. The VA needed more information to… Read more »

April 23, 2017

109 years of the Army Reserve

There’s another military birthday to celebrate this week, this time– the United States Army Reserves which turns 109 this year. Members of the Army Reserve play a critical role in military readiness. They maintain both a civilian life and a military life. They sacrifice time at work and time with family to train throughout the… Read more »

April 21, 2017

To Care for Him Who Shall Have Borne the Battle….

Why VA Accountability is so important By Scott Owens On March 4, 1865 in front of tens of thousands of American citizens, President Abraham Lincoln issued this edict: “to care for him who shall have borne the battle.” That statement later became the motto of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. But the VA has a… Read more »

April 20, 2017

The forces behind anti-VA Accountability efforts

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been plagued with countless scandals over the years, with little improvement. Whether the scandal involved the falsification of waitlists, the ongoing theft of prescription drugs, or the intimidation of whistleblowers, it all traces back to a fundamental lack of accountability. Introducing measures to hold employees accountable for wrongdoing and… Read more »

April 20, 2017

VA Secretary makes encouraging statements about accountability and choice

Over the weekend, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin joined reporters to discuss upcoming changes and initiatives at the VA in the wake of the Phoenix wait list scandal anniversary. So far during his tenure, Dr. Shulkin has made some encouraging comments on accountability for VA employees, choice for veterans, and transparency in his department. Last… Read more »

April 14, 2017

Happy birthday to the Air Force Reserve

69 years ago, President Harry Truman called for the Air Force Reserve to be established. Following World War II, it was clear that the United States had to remain ready for battle in the sky. Since its formation, the Air Force Reserve has become an invaluable asset to the Air Force and military as a… Read more »

April 14, 2017

#VAFail – Patients are at “unnecessary risk” at DC VA medical center

Dirty sterile equipment storage areas. Insufficient supplies. Millions of dollars of missing equipment. Unfilled critical staff positions. That’s what a team from the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) found when they investigated an anonymous complaint at the Washington, DC, VA Medical Center last month. The situation was so bad, the team put together an… Read more »