September 28, 2023

#VAFail: Unacceptable care deficiencies may have resulted in veteran’s suicide at VA facility

Veteran suicide is an epidemic, with an average of at least 17 veterans taking their lives every day. There are questions about whether that is a reliable number, but if anything, it’s likely higher.  A particularly tragic part of this epidemic is the scourge of suicides at Veterans Affairs facilities.   A 2020 Government Accountability… Read more »

September 22, 2023

Will presidential candidates talk about veterans health care this time around?

In the last GOP presidential debate, candidates neglected to lay out any of their plans for reforming veterans health care.  So let’s try this again.  We asked more veterans around the country what they want to hear from candidates about better health care and the Department of Veterans Affairs.    I’m most concerned about the… Read more »

September 19, 2023

War costs more than just dollars. But does Congress remember that?

The cost of war is not just measured in dollars and statistics. Beyond those numbers are the faces of individual veterans, who’ve taken on the hidden costs of war.    Veterans put their lives on the line defending the Constitution, and they come back with scars, both seen and unseen.    The Constitution they’ve served… Read more »

September 13, 2023

Watch: Close the door on the Iraq War and unnecessary deployments

Congress has a chance to reclaim its duty to debate and vote on military engagement. Will members follow through?  In a new video from Concerned Veterans for America, combat veteran Jason Beardsley shares the reason why outdated authorizations for use of military force need to be repealed.  “Washington has sent thousands of U.S. troops to… Read more »

September 8, 2023

#VAFail: South Carolina VA facility did not provide quality care, potentially leading to veteran’s suicide

According to Stop Soldier Suicide, veterans are 57% more likely to die by suicide than people who have not served in the military. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for post-9/11 veterans, accounting for nearly a quarter of all deaths. Veterans and their families — who already have sacrificed for this country — deserve… Read more »

September 1, 2023

#VAFail: An epidemic of suicide at VA facilities

September is Suicide Prevention Month, a time to especially focus on the suicide epidemic in the veteran community. An average 17 veterans take their lives every day in the United States, but the number actually could be much higher. A new study just found the most staggeringly high suicide numbers are amongst post-9/11 veterans. Four… Read more »

August 30, 2023

Veterans health care solutions left out of first primary debate

For veterans hoping to hear about the Republican presidential candidates’ ideas for improving veterans’ health care, the first primary debate was a letdown.  CVA staff on the ground in Milwaukee and around the country hoped to hear anything about these candidates’ plans to improve veterans’ health care.   Through our #VeteransVoicesCount campaign on Twitter, we tried… Read more »