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March 12, 2019

This week on the Hill: All about the money

Welcome to another full and exciting week on Capitol Hill! Veterans and military news will be all about the money as the White House unveiled its annual budget request, including the proposed 2020 budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs. President Trump’s budget included significant increases. CVA’s Dan Caldwell had this to say about the… Read more »

March 8, 2019

Time for a change: Senators introduce bill to withdraw from longest war

When military leaders coined Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001, they likely had no idea “enduring” would be the key word. But almost two decades later, operations in support of the Global War on Terror have eclipsed the initial intent of the war in Afghanistan. Thousands of troops remain in the country, not solely for fighting… Read more »

March 1, 2019

Here’s what lawmakers are tweeting about the VA MISSION Act

The VA MISSION Act’s access standards for non-VA care are now open for public comment. New access standards will make more veterans eligible to access medical care when and where they need it. This week, House lawmakers took to Twitter to show their support and advocate for more choice for veterans. Check out what representatives… Read more »

March 1, 2019

Needed: Your comments on the VA MISSION Act’s new access standard

Have you ever wanted to tell the VA how they could best serve you – and hoped they’d listen? Well, here’s your chance! Last week, the VA opened public comments on the new access standards proposed under the VA MISSION Act. These standards would streamline the process for veterans to get medical appointments and provide… Read more »

February 26, 2019

This week on the Hill: VA wants to hear from veterans!

Congress is back in Washington after a weeklong recess. Members will return to conversations about President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for a border wall. That will take up much of the news this week, but there’s plenty more happening that affects veterans and the military. Here’s what else you… Read more »

February 20, 2019

No More Scare Tactics. Veterans Deserve Health Care Options

In January, the Department of Veterans Affairs released draft standards that would determine how veterans access medical care under the VA MISSION Act’s community care program. These new standards would open up more health care options for more veterans and make the VA more veteran-centric going forward. Sounds great, right? Not if you favor bureaucracy… Read more »

February 11, 2019

This Week on the Hill: Stopping Another Shutdown and The Future of the VA

After several weeks of organization and orientation, the 116th Congress is finally up and running at full speed. Last week, President Donald Trump gave his second State of the Union speech, addressing the need to continue supporting reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also highlighted efforts to stop “endless wars” by removing troops… Read more »