March 8, 2017

Where’s the Accountability? VA Routinely Mishandles Vets’ Paperwork

Whether it’s failing to process veterans’ medical claims or mishandling veterans’ private information, the VA has a huge document control issue it just can’t seem to fix. When it was found years ago that veterans were dying due in part to delays in processing claims, the VA announced it would work on finding solutions to… Read more »

March 6, 2017

Where does the VA’s money go?

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a history of mismanagement and wasted resources, but Congress is attempting to address the root of the problem with the VA Accountability First Act of 2017. Since 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ budget has grown by nearly 86 percent. That is significant growth, especially considering the VA’s 2017 budget… Read more »

March 6, 2017

Veterans Deserve Better Care

Our nation’s veterans put their lives on the line to defend our country and freedoms. When they return home, many need medical treatment and services. But the quality of care they receive is often less than they deserve due to bad, poorly-performing, or even criminal employees within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). With the VA… Read more »

March 3, 2017

Happy birthday to the U.S. Navy Reserve

Today the United States Navy Reserve celebrates its 102nd birthday. Those 102 years have seen crucial involvement by the Reserve in times of war and have produced leaders and patriots. The Reserve was originally intended only for veterans of the U.S. Navy; however, much like the other branches, war necessitated a change to that policy…. Read more »

March 1, 2017

Rep. Phil Roe introduces new VA accountability legislation

Last night, House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) introduced new legislation to combat the misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA Accountability First Act of 2017 would strengthen the disciplinary process, empower VA leadership regarding pensions and bonuses, and protect whistleblowers. Rep. Roe has been a strong advocate for… Read more »

February 28, 2017

House VA Committee holds hearing on drug theft

Yesterday the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on the increase in drug theft and use at VA facilities. Both the VA’s inspector general (OIG) and Government Accountability Office (GAO) have raised concerns about VA’s lack of oversight on opioids and the susceptibility of mail-order prescriptions to theft. The hearings’… Read more »

February 28, 2017

VA Secretary calls for ‘redesigned’ Choice Program and better access to care

This past weekend, new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin outlined his top priorities for the embattled VA. Secretary Shulkin addressed Disabled American Veterans’ annual conference on Sunday, where he discussed the top 10 priorities he has for the VA during his tenure as secretary. These priorities include more accountability measures for employees,… Read more »