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June 14, 2017

Flag Day – A day to remember the symbolism and sacrifice behind our flag

On June 14, 1777, still in the beginning of a seemingly hopeless war with England, the Continental Congress adopted the following resolution: “That the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation.”… Read more »

June 14, 2017

Happy 242 birthday to the U.S. Army

242 years! That’s how long the United States Army has been standing guard over American citizens, since before we were even an American nation. On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress officially authorized enlistment for an army made up of companies from multiple colonies. The soon-to-be states were using their own militias up until… Read more »

June 13, 2017

#VAFail – No Prosecutions for VA Officials Accused of Lying to Congress about Aurora Construction Scandal

The construction of the Veterans Affairs medical center in Aurora, CO has been an ongoing scandal. First the VA ignored repeated warnings that the project was behind schedule and over budget. Then it fined the employee who raised those concerns. The contractor quit, leaving behind unfinished facilities after the VA was found in breach of… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Busy week on the Hill for veterans and the military

It’ll be quite a week on the Hill for veterans and the military, with multiple hearings in several different committees as well as a landmark vote on VA accountability. Here’s a look at some of what’s going on in DC this week: Monday: The House is pulling a late night in which both the Armed… Read more »

June 12, 2017

CVA Urges Quick Action on Lower Court Nominees

President Trump’s recent announcement of a new round of judicial nominees for the lower federal courts reaffirmed his commitment to fill the judiciary with judges who will uphold the rule of law and adhere to constitutional principles. The President picked three new nominees for the Circuit Court of Appeals: Stephanos Bibas, a law professor at… Read more »

June 9, 2017

#VAFail – VA Overpays Outside Providers to the Tune of $17 Million

The VA doesn’t exactly have a great track record when it comes to responsible spending. In the past the department has blown money on solar panels that were never used, tried to pay nearly $10 million to build 25 parking spots, and spent nearly $2 billion so far on a new hospital that’s still unfinished…. Read more »

June 8, 2017

Top Military Officials Urge Congress for BRAC

As part of the $639 billion proposed FY2018 budget, top military officials testified this week before the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies for the budget request for military construction and family housing. Base realignment and closure (BRAC) was brought up by lawmakers and described “as a cornerstone of the DOD’s efficiencies… Read more »