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Veterans health care solutions left out of first primary debate

For veterans hoping to hear about the Republican presidential candidates’ ideas for improving veterans’ health care, the first primary debate was a letdown.  CVA staff on the ground in Milwaukee and around the country hoped to hear anything about these candidates’ plans to improve veterans’ health care.   Through our #VeteransVoicesCount campaign on Twitter, we tried… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Wednesday, August 30th 2023

#VAFail: VA staff ‘routinely missed’ opioid use disorder diagnoses

Medical paperwork offers health care providers information about a patient’s current circumstances, and their history. Those records are vital and could dictate the course of care.   But at the Department of Veterans Affairs, doctors often ignore this information. Veterans may be dying as a result.    VA practitioners missed opioid history  As Military Times reported,… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Friday, August 25th 2023

#VAFail: Houston VA medical center accused of mistreatment after veteran’s health declines

In Houston, an unexpected nightmare began for veteran David Norman Williams inside the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.  Constance Williams, David’s wife, shared his story with Houston’s KPRC 2 in May.   On March 4, the 74-year-old veteran was admitted for a kidney transplant. As of the time of the report, he had remained there… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Friday, August 18th 2023

Here’s what veterans want to hear from candidates about their health care at the first GOP presidential debate

The 2024 election cycle is already underway with the first GOP presidential debate taking place August 23 in Milwaukee. The debate will feature a full roster of the candidates for the GOP ticket who have qualified according to their fundraising and polling numbers. The candidates will use this first debate as a chance to plant… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Thursday, August 17th 2023

#VAFail: Report finds the VA is actively working against veterans accessing community care for substance use treatment

Addiction is a disease. Like with a heart attack or stroke, care cannot be delayed when a patient needs it most.  But that’s what is happening at the Department of Veterans Affairs.   According to Military Times, veterans are waiting weeks or even months to receive substance abuse treatment. The VA also is ignoring a federal… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Friday, August 11th 2023

Veterans grapple with unbearable wait times for mental health care

Many veterans have to wait too long to get the help they need for their mental health at Department of Veterans Affairs health facilities. The VA has done a poor job of providing veterans with timely mental health care or giving them the option to seek community care. In a time when veteran suicides are… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Thursday, August 10th 2023

Watch: Rep. Mike Bost shares his perspective on VA reform and accountability

“The VA was not built for the VA; the VA was built for the veteran.”  That’s the message Rep. Mike Bost wanted to make sure veterans understood in a new episode of Congress Convos with Concerned Veterans for America.  CVA Executive Director Russ Duerstine joined House VA Committee Chairman Bost in his home district in… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Thursday, August 3rd 2023