July 12, 2018

Empty Chair: Do You Know How Often Sen. Baldwin Misses Hearings?

Our elected officials are in Washington to do one job – represent the people of their state. We expect them to put in long days, go to committee hearings, and understand the problems their constituents face back home. When officials don’t do their jobs, it’s our duty to call them out, especially when their jobs… Read more »

July 9, 2018

This Week on the Hill

Congress returns to Washington, D.C. with a full plate of hearings and votes. Here’s your guide to military and veteran happenings in the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees this week. Senate The biggest news for veterans will be the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s vote on VA secretary nominee Robert Wilkie, who grew up in… Read more »

July 5, 2018

We Asked Candidates in Kansas About the Issues that Affect Veterans

This week, Concerned Veterans for America hosted a congressional GOP primary candidate forum in Leavenworth, Kansas. With such a large veteran population in the state, it’s important we have these conversations with candidates to highlight issues of importance to veterans. CVA’s executive director, Dan Caldwell, stressed that these are serious issues with “real-world consequences for… Read more »

July 3, 2018

With Wilkie, Senate Is One Step Closer to Confirming a Qualified VA Secretary

Last week, VA secretary nominee Robert Wilkie sat before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for a hearing on his qualifications to lead the beleaguered department. Members from both parties voiced confidence in Wilkie’s abilities, setting the stage for what would appear to be a smooth confirmation vote. Wilkie has the qualifications and experience that make… Read more »

June 29, 2018

#VAFails: 4 of the Worst Fails Reported in June

June was a historic month for the VA. On June 6, the president signed the VA MISSION Act into law. This legislation will give veterans more choice over their health care by expanding their access to care outside the VA. The long-overdue move will empower veterans by giving them more control over their health care…. Read more »

June 22, 2018

FOLLOW UP: VA Nursing Home Data Reveals Poor Quality, Need for Even More Transparency

Last week, the VA released ratings for its 133 nursing home facilities. The information is disheartening, to say the least. A look at the “overall ratings” might not seem that bad. Eleven facilities received an overall rating of one star, while thirty-four received five stars. The rest are somewhere between. But the overall rating doesn’t… Read more »

June 15, 2018

In Releasing Key Quality Ratings, VA Makes Another Move Toward Transparency

This week the VA released ratings for its nursing home facilities across the country. The first ratings were released in late 2016 after a USA Today investigation found the VA had a secret, five-star rating system it used internally for its facilities. That started a firestorm of calls for transparency into how the VA reviewed… Read more »