April 4, 2017

#VAFail – Construction overspending is part of a pattern of mismanagement

The Veterans Affairs hospital in Clarksburg, West Virginia had a brilliant plan to fix a 600-spot shortage in their parking lot: spend almost $10 million to build 25 new parking spots. The hospital administration’s original proposal was to build 430 spots for $9.7 million. But after six years and $400,000 of planning costs, outside auditors… Read more »

April 4, 2017

VA Secretary calls for accountability at the VA

For the first time ever, the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary has called for strong accountability measures at the VA. The VA issued a statement Friday afternoon calling on Congress to pass the VA Accountability First Act so administrators can begin to clean up the agency. The statement came after administrators were told they had… Read more »

March 31, 2017

The wrong approach is being taken in Florida in the name of security

How does a corporate welfare slush fund keep Florida safe? It doesn’t, but that hasn’t stopped Governor Rick Scott from claiming that ending Enterprise Florida will put our nation at risk. Concerned Veterans for American Coalitions Director Diego Echeverri isn’t buying this flimsy argument. “Governor Scott’s illogical argument that a program entirely designed to line… Read more »

March 29, 2017

Thanking veterans of the Vietnam War

Today is a unique military holiday, one that recognizes and honors a group of men and women whose experiences are unique themselves. Every veteran of every war deserves the acknowledgement of a grateful nation, but in 2012 this day was set aside to commemorate the 50th anniversary of major involvement in Vietnam and the select… Read more »

March 28, 2017

It’s time for the Senate to move on VA accountability

Two weeks ago, a bipartisan coalition in the House stood up for veterans and passed the VA Accountability First Act of 2017. This much-needed piece of legislation would give the VA Secretary the authority to discipline and fire those employees found guilty of misconduct, among other needed reforms. The House has stood up for veterans,… Read more »

March 24, 2017

#VAFail – “Forum of Hate” Actors Haven’t Been Fired

Even if you have reached the point where #VAFails don’t shock you anymore, this one will shock you. A group of Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) employees – administrative law judges, attorneys and managers to be specific – were discovered to have created a listserv called the “Forum of Hate.” This forum served as a… Read more »

March 24, 2017

Gorsuch passes the test. It’s time to confirm him

For three days this week, the Senate Judiciary Committee put Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch through the ringer. He left his confirmation hearings affirming what we already knew: Judge Gorsuch is a man of integrity, who interprets the law fairly, and who will defend the Constitution to the highest degree. It should resonate with… Read more »