April 23, 2021

It’s up to veterans to hold Congress accountable on endless wars

The United States is poised to end its involvement in the war in Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of combat. While a withdrawal by the negotiated May 1 deadline would have been safer, President Joe Biden’s recent announcement that all U.S. troops will come home no later than September 11, 2021, is welcome news, especially… Read more »

April 21, 2021

What is the AIR Commission, and how could it help improve VA health care?

This article was updated on March 25, 2022. If you’ve read or heard anything about the VA MISSION Act, you know what the law does to improve and expand veterans’ access to medical care. It created a new community care program that gives more veterans the freedom to choose medical care from providers outside the Department… Read more »

April 16, 2021

VA appointment problems hark back to Phoenix scandal

Joshua Stanwitz, a coalitions director with Concerned Veterans for America in Arizona, was just starting his journey with the VA health care system when news of the Phoenix VA wait list scandal broke seven years ago.   The Arizona Republic, the state’s largest newspaper, found out that the local VA hospital had been maintaining two sets of wait lists – an official electronic list… Read more »

April 14, 2021

Caldwell: Biden must ‘keep his promise’ to end the war in Afghanistan

Today, President Joseph Biden announced U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan beyond the May 1, 2021, withdrawal deadline established in the Doha agreement. However, the president established a new timeline for bringing troops home, committing to full withdrawal by September 11, 2021. By that date, the U.S. will have been at war in Afghanistan just… Read more »

April 9, 2021

Seven years after Phoenix scandal, VA is failing veterans by not fully implementing the MISSION Act

This weekend marks seven years since the Phoenix VA scandal came to light. In 2014, news broke revealing veterans were being kept on secret appointment wait lists at VA medical facilities in order to manipulate and hide actual wait times.  In the years that followed, accountability and access reforms have improved conditions for veterans using the VA… Read more »

April 7, 2021

CVA joins cross-partisan group calling for Afghanistan withdrawal by May 1

The May 1 deadline for withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan is just a few short weeks away, but Concerned Veterans for America and others are still calling on President Joe Biden to stick to that deadline. CVA has joined eight other organizations across the political spectrum in advocating that Biden adhere to the Doha agreement… Read more »

April 2, 2021

Five interesting facts about CVA Deputy Director Russ Duerstine

At Concerned Veterans for America, we have some of the country’s best and brightest in our ranks. Our staff is built of women and men of all branches and different generations joining together on a common mission:  continuing their oath to serve by defending the freedoms they and their families sacrificed for. CVA Deputy Director… Read more »