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May 26, 2017

#VAFail – Refrigerators, Hospital Beds, Dishwashers All Go Missing at VA Health Center

It’s easy to misplace a $10 calculator, and people lose cell phones all the time. But it’s pretty rare to lose a refrigerator. That’s exactly what the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Central-Western Massachusetts Healthcare system managed to do. An investigative news team looked into hundreds of pages of “lost and found” records from 2010 to… Read more »

May 25, 2017

Congress must aggressively seek more savings in FY18 VA budget proposal

The VA has a history of misusing taxpayer funds on overblown or mismanaged projects. The constant claim from lawmakers in the past has been “the VA wouldn’t mess up so much if they just had more funding.” But even the VA Secretary himself disagrees with that narrative, stating on multiple occasions that the VA’s problems… Read more »

May 24, 2017

#VAFail – OIG confirmed cockroaches in VA kitchen, veterans’ food

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee is scheduled to mark up the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act in an afternoon session today, and that can’t happen soon enough. Last year, whistleblower reports came from the Chicago-area Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital claiming cockroaches had infested the hospital’s kitchen and were even on occasion served in… Read more »

May 18, 2017

House begins talks on Defense acquisition reform

Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services Mac Thornberry (R-TX) introduced the Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act. Thornberry has long been an advocate of a more effective acquisition process at the Department of Defense and the provisions of this new legislation would help ensure efficiency at the DOD. The key provisions in… Read more »

May 17, 2017

#VAFail – Raw and Expired Food Served at VA Hospital

A VA hospital in suburban Chicago with a history of serious hygienic problems has come under fire once again — this time for serving their patients raw and expired food. The Daily Caller first reported on the culinary derelictions: Photos acquired exclusively by The Daily Caller show food at the Hines VA Medical Center is… Read more »

May 12, 2017

Celebrating Military Spouses Appreciation Day

The members of our military make sacrifices each and every day. They assume a lifestyle that puts service first, they move all over the world, they deploy to dangerous battlefields, and they put their lives in harm’s way for our protection. As a nation we recognize these sacrifices on a regular basis through military holidays,… Read more »

May 11, 2017

#VAFail – Less than a month after scathing report, problems still exist at DC’s VA

Less than a month after a shocking report from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Inspector General Michael Missal that detailed “serious and troubling deficiencies that placed patients at unnecessary risks,” the D.C. VA medical center finds itself under additional scrutiny after “further incidents” were uncovered yesterday by the Inspector General. While visiting the DC medical… Read more »