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February 15, 2017

#VAFail – GAO Finds VA Employees Spent Millions of Hours on Union Work Instead of Actual Jobs

If you showed up to work and spent all your time doing something other than your daily duties, you’d expect to get fired, right?  Not at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reveals that employees at the VA have spent more than a million hours on… Read more »

February 14, 2017

‘Future of the Courts’ Series with Sen. Joni Ernst

Tomorrow, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) will host its first tele-town hall with Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) in its new series, “Future of the Courts.” As a 23-year veteran of the Army Reserves and Iowa Army National Guard, Sen. Ernst has defended our Constitution on the battlefield and now in Congress. Senator Ernst will join… Read more »

February 9, 2017

Nine Times Progressive Senators Made the Case for Quick Gorsuch Confirmation

For those of us who fought to defend the Constitution, it’s great to see a staunch defender of our rights being nominated for the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, many lawmakers are trying to hurt Judge Gorsuch’s chances, going against their own advice for purely political reasons. When President Obama nominated a Supreme Court Justice last year,… Read more »

February 8, 2017

CVA’s VP of Policy talks VA reform with Doc Thompson

Dan Caldwell, vice president of policy at Concerned Veterans for America, joined Doc Thompson on Monday morning to discuss VA reform, including #FixTheVA and #Hire10000Veterans. Caldwell shared CVA’s hopes for reform under Dr. David Shulkin, President Trump’s nominee for VA Secretary. CVA is pushing for greater transparency, accountability, and choice at the VA. “If you… Read more »

February 8, 2017

Shaheen calls for up-or-down vote for Gorsuch

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) stood on the Senate floor and called for an up-or-down vote on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. “I think we should all work together to move these nominees,” the senator said. “I haven’t heard any Democrats saying we don’t think that Judge Gorsuch should get a hearing or that he… Read more »

February 3, 2017

HVAC Chairman: Money isn’t solving problems at the VA

Each year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) asks Congress to approve a larger budget. Congress obliges, but the quality of care at many VA facilities does not improve. The new chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC), Representative Phil Roe, wants the VA to use funding more efficiently. “I think we have the… Read more »

February 2, 2017

#VAFail – Oversight blunders result in an insufficient IT program that cost millions

In an attempt to update the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) information technology (IT) programs, a lack of management and oversight have ended up costing the VA millions of dollars and the program was not the return on investment that was expected. VA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that Enterprise Operations, which is part… Read more »