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December 10, 2018

This Week on the Hill – Back on Schedule

Congress had an unexpected week off last week due to ceremonies and services for President George H. W. Bush. Thousands gathered in Washington to pay respects to the 41st president as he lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda. Votes and committee hearings were postponed, so members will have some time to make up as… Read more »

December 5, 2018

George H.W. Bush: A Story of Leadership and Love of Country

During his State of the Union address in 1990, President George H. W. Bush addressed Congress and the American people with a sense of hope. The Berlin Wall had been torn down a few months prior, and the Cold War was quickly ending. Freedom was gaining ground all over the world, especially in nations breaking… Read more »

December 4, 2018

This Week on the Hill: Honoring an American President

The lame-duck session is in full swing, but politics in Washington will largely be put aside this week. On Saturday, President George H. W. Bush passed away at age 94. Bush spent the majority of his life serving the public — in the military, the House of Representatives, the United Nations, the Central Intelligence Agency… Read more »

December 3, 2018

November’s Worst #VAFails

November was busy month, packed full of news. Some great work was done at the VA to ensure doctors and medical staff are spending their time caring for veterans. Under a new Trump administration regulation, VA medical staff is no longer able to spend work hours on union activity. This move will let VA doctors… Read more »

November 30, 2018

Faults Found by Overdue DoD Audit Could Cost $559 Million to Fix

In what was a surprise to no one, the Pentagon failed its first-ever comprehensive audit.   It took nearly a year for more than 1,000 auditors to conduct dozens of separate audits on $2.7 trillion worth of Department of Defense assets. More than 600 locations were visited, more than 40,000 documents were requested, and more than 90,000 sample items were tested.   In… Read more »

November 29, 2018

#VAFail – Student Veterans in a Bind as VA Fails to Disperse GI Bill Benefits Accurately and On Time

Recently, the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity met for a contentious hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ continued problems dispersing GI Bill benefits on time and in the right amounts. Since August, VA IT glitches and systems errors have resulted in miscalculated and delayed housing stipends for student veterans. These problems have… Read more »

November 28, 2018

New Op-Ed: New Congress Must Continue to Improve the Lives of Nation’s Vets, Regardless of Who Is in Control

In just a few weeks, the House of Representatives will transition from Republican to Democratic control. Bipartisanship is rare in Washington, but luckily there is something we can all agree on as power shifts across the aisle – the country needs to take care of veterans. Concerned Veterans for America Deputy Executive Director Nathan Anderson… Read more »