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#VAFail: Silencing those who question quality of VA care

The VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) is supposed to ensure people who engage in protected disclosure — whistleblowers — are free from fear of retaliation for bringing problems to light. But in many instances, the Department of Veterans Affairs tries to silence VA staff who speak up about wrongdoing at the department. The… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Friday, June 30th 2023

CVA sister organization provides information on the VA MISSION Act, filling a gap left by the VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a responsibility to implement laws Congress passes to manage veterans’ health. The department should also be educating veterans on what their medical care options are, whether the VA is delivering that care or not. In the case of the VA MISSION Act and community care, the VA has failed… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Wednesday, June 28th 2023

#VAFail: One-third of mental health calls to Atlanta VA are unanswered

According to American Addiction Centers, more than 6,100 military veterans, about 17 per day, took their own lives in 2020. Between 2001 and 2020, mental health or substance use disorder among those using Department of Veterans Affairs health care rose from 27.9% to 41.9%.  The addiction and mental health crises for veterans are real and… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Friday, June 23rd 2023

#VAFail: Veterans’ brain injuries misdiagnosed, leaving them without needed care and benefits

Veterans face unique challenges when it comes to their physical and mental health care. The dangers they are exposed to, both in training and combat, put them at risk of neurological injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. It’s all the more important that they have access to quality care at home to properly treat brain injuries… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Friday, June 16th 2023

The VA bureaucracy struggle: Blackburn proposes Veterans Health Care Freedom Act

Recently, Concerned Veterans of America Executive Director Russ Duerstine spoke with Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn about the Veterans Health Care Freedom Act, the VA MISSION Act, and reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs.   Veterans’ Health Care Freedom Act: A new path for veterans’ care Sens. Blackburn and Mike Rounds introduced the Veterans Health Care… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Wednesday, June 14th 2023

VA MISSION Act: A necessary response to the 2014 Phoenix VA hospital scandal

In recent American Potential episodes, CVA General Counsel Herb Ford joined host Jeff Crank to take an in-depth look into the VA MISSION Act and its impact on veterans’ health care.  While Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country have a mission to take care of veterans and provide them with needed medical care,… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Monday, June 5th 2023

#VAFail: Veterans’ deaths connected to botched electronic health records system rollout

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ switch to a new electronic health records system has proven to be tumultuous for both veterans and VA staffers. For veterans, things have taken a dark turn as an alarming discovery has come out of the facilities testing the updated system. There have been more than 150 cases of veterans… Read more »

By Greg Ayers
Friday, June 2nd 2023