July 1, 2021

Watch: Senator Rand Paul discusses a better approach to ending endless wars

Few have been as outspoken about ending our nation’s endless wars as Senator Rand Paul. He has advocated rolling back broad authority for the president to send troops all around the world, specifically by joining the call to repeal outdated Authorizations for the Use of Military Force. “It is high time that we redebate whether… Read more »

June 23, 2021

How can we end our endless wars? Repealing outdated AUMFs is a good start.

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force. The bill, introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee, had support on both sides of the aisle, including a bipartisan group of cosponsors. The White House has also suggested support for a repeal, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced… Read more »

June 18, 2021

The VA is neglecting its responsibility to rural veterans. Just take a look at North Carolina.

By Rick Disney, CVA-North Carolina coalitions director   The need for timely, flexible medical care is more important than ever, especially for those veterans whose care was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The VA MISSION Act allows for the Department of Veterans Affairs to refer veterans to community care, providers outside the VA system, if… Read more »

June 16, 2021

Veteran’s health care story illustrates the need for more choice

In a new op-ed in his hometown Albuquerque Journal, Nate Banks recounts a 2018 experience with the Veterans Choice Program.   Banks, a Navy veteran and grassroots engagement director with Concerned Veterans for America, had visited a local urgent care facility with abdominal pain. He was referred to a hospital for testing, and in the course of his examination, doctors found… Read more »

June 11, 2021

Congress has a role in ending forever wars

Dan Caldwell, a senior adviser to Concerned Veterans for America and veteran of the Iraq War, wants Congress to reclaim its proper role in deciding questions of war and peace. He points to broadly written Authorizations for Use of Military Force — and overly expansive interpretations of those AUMFs by the executive branch — as… Read more »

June 9, 2021

Then and now: What’s changed since the VA MISSION Act was signed into law?

This month marks the third anniversary of the VA MISSION Act being signed into law and two years since its implementation began. The VA MISSION Act has been instrumental in ensuring veterans receive quality, timely medical care and in creating a more dynamic Department of Veterans Affairs. Before the VA MISSION Act, too many veterans… Read more »

June 4, 2021

CVA urges administration to forgo infrastructure spending, get AIR Commission off the ground

June 6 will be the third anniversary of the bipartisan VA MISSION Act, which created the Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) process, designed to establish a commission to determine the status and needs of Department of Veterans Affairs’ infrastructure.     But before the AIR Commission can even get off the ground, the Biden administration is proposing $18 billion in… Read more »