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Vets on the Hill 2023: Who we met with, and who is a champion for veterans

Vets on the Hill 2023 is in the books! This year, we brought nearly 50 staff members and volunteers from all over the country to lobby on Capitol Hill. For three days, these veterans and military family members met with members of Congress to share their stories — from the battlefield to the transition out… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Wednesday, May 31st 2023

Watch: Memorial Day is a reminder of the cost of freedom and ‘responsibility to steward that freedom well’

Memorial Day is a sacred day in the United States, especially for those in the military. Russ Duerstine, a veteran himself and father to a combat veteran, spends Memorial Day reflecting on what it costs to keep our nation safe. “Memorial Day is a reminder of what the oath to serve means, the cost of… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Friday, May 26th 2023

Stop using veterans as political pawns and take actual health care reform steps

Veterans should not be used as political pawns, but unfortunately not everyone in Washington, DC is on board with that.  In a recent piece in the Daily Caller, CVA Deputy Director John Byrnes calls out the White House and certain members of Congress for spreading misinformation about the recently passed Limit, Save, Grow Act.   House… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Thursday, May 25th 2023

20 years after ‘Mission Accomplished’, our leaders can finally end the wars in Iraq

March marked 20 years since the start of the Iraq War and May marked another anniversary in the timeline of the war. Twenty years ago, President George W. Bush gave his infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech in which he celebrated “victory” in the war and announced “major combat operations in Iraq have ended” all in front… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Monday, May 22nd 2023

#VAFail: Colorado veteran tells his story about the VA blocking his needed surgery

What happens when the Department of Veterans Affairs tried to keep control of a veteran’s health care delivery instead of letting him find better care in the community? In CVA Strategic Director Nate Banks’ case, his mental and physical health suffer.  United States Navy veteran Nate Banks sat down with Jeff Crank for another episode… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Thursday, May 18th 2023

Reintroduced Veterans Health Care Freedom Act would expand health care choice and remove barriers to care at the VA

Veterans need access to timely, quality medical care for their unique needs. Thanks to a newly re-introduced bill, expanded access to care could soon be a reality for millions of veterans who use the Department of Veterans Affairs for their health care delivery and benefits. The Veterans Health Care Freedom Act, introduced in the Senate… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Wednesday, May 10th 2023

Demanding accountability: How Congress can protect health care choice for veterans

Veterans deserve more choice in their health care, but the Department of Veterans Affairs stands firm in denying them the right to choose what’s best for them. Recently, The Hill published a compelling op-ed by Darin Selnick, a senior advisor for Concerned Veterans for America and an Air Force veteran, in which he argues that… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Monday, May 8th 2023