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November 21, 2017

New legislation would be a win for veterans

The Veterans Choice Program is in desperate need of reform. It’s arbitrary requirements and poor management are a testament to a past culture of failed VA leadership. But that could all change if Congress has the courage to overhaul the current choice system and give veterans the ability to access the health care they’ve earned…. Read more »

November 20, 2017

Secret Wait Lists Were Still in Use Last Year at Colorado VAs

Last week, the Office of Inspector General released its report on wait list complaints within the Eastern Colorado Health Care System. Its findings backed up claims that ECHCS staff were using unofficial wait lists to track referrals for mental health care. The improper use of separate wait lists for health appointments at the VA has… Read more »

November 13, 2017

This week on the Hill

Congress heads into this week with Thanksgiving break on the horizon, but they certainly have a lot to get done in the meantime. Tax reform and a new nominee for Health and Human Services secretary will take up much of the time and talk on the Hill this week, but there’s plenty going on that… Read more »

November 10, 2017

#VetsWeek: Honoring the Coast Guard

This Veteran’s Day, CVA would like to commemorate the veterans of the U.S. Coast Guard. These bold maritime first responders have been part of a long and multifaceted history. On August 4, 1790, Congress authorized Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton’s proposal to protect the new nation’s revenue system with a set of patrolling cutters… Read more »

November 10, 2017

The Marine Corps celebrates 242 years

I joined the military right out of high school, from a small town, with a family steeped in service to our great nation. I grew up hearing stories about the Pacific from my grandfather, Korea from uncles, and ‘Nam from my dad. All were Army, Air Force, and Navy. I decided to take the path… Read more »

November 9, 2017

#VetsWeek: Soaring to Great Heights: The Proud Legacy of America’s Air Force

This week, America celebrates its proud heroes who have served and continue to serve this great nation. Today, we’d like to recognize those veterans who uphold the values of “integrity, service and excellence” – United States Air Force veterans. The Early Years of the U.S. Air Force The U.S. Air Force began as a division… Read more »

November 8, 2017

#VAFails – Peeping Tom, missed diagnosis and a mistaken “Do Not Resuscitate”

The nation will honor and celebrate our nation’s heroes on Saturday in honor of Veterans Day. Leading up to that day, a flood of articles have pointed out alleged misconduct, poor care and gross negligence at three different VAs, showing just how dysfunctional the VA can be for the veterans who are caught in the… Read more »