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September 13, 2017

#VAFail – VA has much work to do on updating and streamlining its mailing process

Tough questions came down from members of the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in attendance at yesterday’s hearings on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mail management. VA and Government Accountability Office (GAO) officials constituted a panel in today’s hearing to answer for waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the VA’s mail management… Read more »

September 13, 2017

CVA Urges Senate to Pass BRAC Amendment

Congress has the fundamental responsibility of providing for the common defense. In a time where our country faces a $20 trillion debt, it is imperative our defense budget is used efficiently for critical priorities. Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Sen. John McCain and Ranking Member Sen. Jack Reed have introduced an amendment into… Read more »

September 13, 2017

#VAFAIL – Memphis VA Hospital, ‘House of Horrors,’ Ranked Among Worst Facilities for Veterans

Described by a former employee as “a house of horrors,” the Memphis VA Hospital is classified as one of the worst facilities for veteran safety in the country. Known for its low rating of one out of five stars on the VA’s official quality-of-care rankings, the Memphis VA Hospital has a history of substandard conditions… Read more »

September 11, 2017

Looking back now on September 11

Looking back now, it’s amazing the little things I remember about September 11 2001. It started off as a beautiful morning in Manhattan. The sun was out, it was a warm, late summer day. The summer’s heat was finally breaking. It was election day in New York, primary day. There were candidate flyers everywhere. I… Read more »

September 8, 2017

Happy Birthday, Secretary Mattis

Today is our Secretary of Defense’s birthday! Secretary James Mattis took on running the Department of Defense as part of the Trump administration, but he lived a lifetime of service to his nation as a Marine before taking that office. General Mattis spent more than 40 years in the Marine Corps, earning the respect and… Read more »

September 8, 2017

#VAFail – IG confirms Tomah dentist’s misconduct

In December of last year, reports emerged that the Tomah, Wisconsin VA facility had possibly failed to adequately care for patients. Tomah isn’t new to scandalous behavior, as it’s the sight of massive over-prescribing of narcotics and therefore nicknamed “Candy Land.” But last year we learned that a dentist in the Tomah VA may have… Read more »

September 7, 2017

Pentagon still calling on Congress to authorize a new round of BRAC

The Department of Defense spends more money than any other federal agency, and too often spends that money inefficiently or wastefully. Part of that massive spending is on underutilized military installations. To combat the costs of these bases and better plan for the military’s future, Pentagon officials have repeatedly requested a round of Base Realignment… Read more »