October 8, 2018

New VA Star Ratings Are In. How Does Your Facility Measure Up?

This week, the Department of Veterans Affairs released its annual end-of-fiscal-year quality and performance ratings for 146 medical facilities across the country. The VA began releasing star ratings in 2016 after a USA Today investigation found the VA was keeping quality data away from public scrutiny. Since then, the VA has published an annual list… Read more »

October 2, 2018

VA MISSION Act the Focus of Hearing on State of the VA

VA Mission act the focus of the hearing. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie met last week with the Senate VA Committee to discuss the state of the department under his leadership. Committee members asked Wilkie, who took office two months ago, about several looming issues, including the modernization of veterans’ health records. The… Read more »

September 21, 2018

4 Problems That the VA MISSION Act Will Fix

In 13 days, the Department of Veterans Affairs will face its first major deadline for implementing the VA MISSION Act. This new law mandates an overhaul of the VA’s health care system, providing veterans more choices over where they receive their medical care. The department needs to stick to the schedule set by the VA… Read more »

September 20, 2018

New Letter to President Trump: Congress Should Be Authorizing Military Engagement

Last week, a bipartisan cohort of representatives sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to seek congressional authorization before taking any further military action in Syria. Since the U.S. entered into the Syrian conflict in 2014, vague justifications derived from the post-9/11 Authorization for Use of Military Force have been used to support… Read more »

September 4, 2018

The 30 Day Countdown to VA MISSION ACT Implementation Has Begun

The VA MISSION Act was signed into law on June 6, 2018. After years of calling for reform, this was a monumental day for veterans who use the Department of Veterans Affairs for health care. Under the VA MISSION Act, the Veterans Health Administration will undergo structural changes that give veterans greater access to the… Read more »

August 20, 2018

What They’re Saying: Illinois Veteran Said This About the VA MISSION Act

Concerned Veterans for America fought for years to fix the beleaguered Veterans Choice Program. Now that the VA MISSION Act is law, the VCP will be consolidated with other community care programs to eliminate confusion and allow veterans more access to medical care outside the VA. So what do veterans think of the new law?… Read more »

August 13, 2018

LISTEN: Here’s What CVA’s Dan Caldwell Has to Say About the VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs has serious flaws. But the VA also plays a vital role in veterans’ well-being after their service. In a recent interview with Connecting Vets, Concerned Veterans for American Executive Director Dan Caldwell shared CVA’s vision for how the VA should work better for veterans. “We want the VA to be… Read more »