May 31, 2022

What would happen if the U.S. had to combat Russia? We answer that question and more

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in late February, there has been no shortage of ideas and proposals put forward for how the United States should respond. Unfortunately, while many of these ideas are well-intentioned, too often their potential secondary and/or indirect consequences are not fully explored. Given the chaotic nature of war, when… Read more »

May 23, 2022

‘I am very thankful for the MISSION Act’: Veterans share stories and struggles with VA and community care

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been misrepresenting appointment wait times and blocking veterans’ access to needed health care. Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request expose methods the VA is using to skirt requirements in the VA MISSION Act  to prevent veterans from using the community care option and keep them in… Read more »

April 29, 2022

The VA has released recommendations for better health care. Here are four questions we still have.

You might have seen news outlets covering recommendations for streamlining veterans’ care from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Those recommendations represent a giant step in the Asset and Infrastructure Review process that will allow the VA to cut through waste and bureaucracy and adapt to veterans’ evolving needs. But misinformed concerns about these recommendations have… Read more »

April 8, 2022

Scandal has become the status quo at VA eight years after Phoenix

Eight years ago, the Phoenix Veterans Affairs scandal broke, alerting the public to egregious mismanagement of veterans care. A concerted effort at the Phoenix VA to manipulate and cover up appointment wait times kept veterans away from needed medical care. Inspector General and Government Accountability Office investigators found the manipulation was being practiced all over the… Read more »

March 30, 2022

More VA documents expose wait-time manipulation and denial of care

The more we find out, the worse it gets. A new wave of documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request provide more evidence that the Department of Veterans Affairs is purposefully keeping veterans away from community health care options by miscalculating appointment wait times. These revelations are further confirmation that the VA is… Read more »

March 24, 2022

CVA policy director outlines four ways Congress can help veterans in 2022

By Juliana Heerschap, CVA policy director Concerned Veterans for America recently released our 2022 policy agenda. In it, we outlined the issues where we think we can make the biggest differences in advancing policies that will benefit veterans, the military community, and their families. We approach these issues from the ground up. Our grassroots army… Read more »

March 22, 2022

Tyler Koteskey on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, no-fly zones, and what the U.S. should do now

The world has watched stunned over the past several weeks as Russian forces have launched a war of aggression against Ukraine. The devastation and growing crisis have caused many Americans to question what could have been done differently and what should be done going forward. These are complicated questions to wrestle with that require a… Read more »