June 18, 2021

The VA is neglecting its responsibility to rural veterans. Just take a look at North Carolina.

By Rick Disney, CVA-North Carolina coalitions director   The need for timely, flexible medical care is more important than ever, especially for those veterans whose care was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The VA MISSION Act allows for the Department of Veterans Affairs to refer veterans to community care, providers outside the VA system, if… Read more »

June 16, 2021

Veteran’s health care story illustrates the need for more choice

In a new op-ed in his hometown Albuquerque Journal, Nate Banks recounts a 2018 experience with the Veterans Choice Program.   Banks, a Navy veteran and grassroots engagement director with Concerned Veterans for America, had visited a local urgent care facility with abdominal pain. He was referred to a hospital for testing, and in the course of his examination, doctors found… Read more »

June 11, 2021

Congress has a role in ending forever wars

Dan Caldwell, a senior adviser to Concerned Veterans for America and veteran of the Iraq War, wants Congress to reclaim its proper role in deciding questions of war and peace. He points to broadly written Authorizations for Use of Military Force — and overly expansive interpretations of those AUMFs by the executive branch — as… Read more »

June 9, 2021

Then and now: What’s changed since the VA MISSION Act was signed into law?

This month marks the third anniversary of the VA MISSION Act being signed into law and two years since its implementation began. The VA MISSION Act has been instrumental in ensuring veterans receive quality, timely medical care and in creating a more dynamic Department of Veterans Affairs. Before the VA MISSION Act, too many veterans… Read more »

June 4, 2021

CVA urges administration to forgo infrastructure spending, get AIR Commission off the ground

June 6 will be the third anniversary of the bipartisan VA MISSION Act, which created the Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) process, designed to establish a commission to determine the status and needs of Department of Veterans Affairs’ infrastructure.     But before the AIR Commission can even get off the ground, the Biden administration is proposing $18 billion in… Read more »

June 2, 2021

DOD better get serious about changing its spending habits; some Senators want to crack down

“We failed the audit, but we never expected to pass it.” That is what then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said in 2018 when the DOD participated in and failed its first ever financial audit. Yes, the Pentagon has been going through financial audits for only three years. It failed all three times. But a… Read more »

May 28, 2021

This Memorial Day, may we strive to honor their sacrifice

This weekend, our country pauses to honor those who lost their lives in service to our nation. Their sacrifices have ensured we can live in freedom here at home. In a new video, our Executive Director Nate Anderson reflects on the meaning of Memorial Day: This Memorial Day, we at Concerned Veterans for America are… Read more »