May 16, 2018

No More Games. Pass the VA MISSION Act.

This week, both the House and Senate are discussing the VA MISSION Act, bipartisan legislation that will overhaul and reform the Veterans Choice Program along with other facets of the Veterans Health Administration. The Choice Program is set to run out of money by May 31st. That deadline is quickly approaching and threatens the care… Read more »

May 9, 2018

5 Things to Know About the MISSION Act

This week, the House Veterans Affairs Committee approved the MISSION Act, moving the bill one step closer to a vote of the full House.   The measure would give veterans real choice over their health care by allowing them to seek care outside the VA’s system.  Here are five things you need to know about the MISSION Act: The bill would overhaul and expand the Veterans Choice Program, allowing veterans greater access to health care outside the VA…. Read more »

May 1, 2018

#VAFail – Pictures of Trash-Filled Clinic Room Spark Investigation

“It’s kind of weird that the people who are there to service us kind of see us as a hindrance more than anything. We don’t seem to be a priority.” Those are the words of Army veteran Christopher Wilson after visiting a Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Salt Lake City a few weeks ago…. Read more »

April 10, 2018

ICYMI: CVA Has a Seat at the Table with the Trump Administration

The debate over veterans having access to private health care rages on, and CVA is hoping to be a strong and unwavering voice with an earned influence at the Trump White House and in Congress.  Since its founding, CVA haven’t been afraid to call out inefficiencies and misconduct at the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense. Executive Director Dan Caldwell told The Washington Post, “when a system isn’t… Read more »

April 10, 2018

Has the VA Changed Four Years After the Phoenix Scandal?

On April 10, 2014, the country found out about gross negligence at a Phoenix VA hospital. Staff was keeping two separate lists of veterans waiting to see doctors – the “official” electronic lists that made VA wait times appear short, and secret paper lists that staff used to schedule appointments outside the acceptable time frames. Whistleblower allegations were later confirmed… Read more »

March 28, 2018

CVA Statement on Dismissal of Secretary Shulkin

Arlington, Va. — Concerned Veterans for America Executive Director Dan Caldwell released this statement following the news that VA Secretary David Shulkin was dismissed by President Trump. “Secretary Shulkin made significant headway in reforming the department, but ultimately became a distraction from the important task of improving health care for our veterans.   “We are… Read more »

March 26, 2018

Needed VA Reform Left Out of Omnibus Bill

A massive omnibus spending bill passed by the House includes more than $1 trillion in government funds, including a $7 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Everything from border security to fighting the opioid crisis made it into this bill, but what’s missing is reform of the troubled VA. Before the omnibus bill’s release, many expected to see VA reform provisions included in its more than… Read more »