June 5, 2023

VA MISSION Act: A necessary response to the 2014 Phoenix VA hospital scandal

In recent American Potential episodes, CVA General Counsel Herb Ford joined host Jeff Crank to take an in-depth look into the VA MISSION Act and its impact on veterans’ health care.  While Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country have a mission to take care of veterans and provide them with needed medical care,… Read more »

June 2, 2023

#VAFail: Veterans’ deaths connected to botched electronic health records system rollout

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ switch to a new electronic health records system has proven to be tumultuous for both veterans and VA staffers. For veterans, things have taken a dark turn as an alarming discovery has come out of the facilities testing the updated system. There have been more than 150 cases of veterans… Read more »

May 31, 2023

Vets on the Hill 2023: Who we met with, and who is a champion for veterans

Vets on the Hill 2023 is in the books! This year, we brought nearly 50 staff members and volunteers from all over the country to lobby on Capitol Hill. For three days, these veterans and military family members met with members of Congress to share their stories — from the battlefield to the transition out… Read more »

May 26, 2023

Watch: Memorial Day is a reminder of the cost of freedom and ‘responsibility to steward that freedom well’

Memorial Day is a sacred day in the United States, especially for those in the military. Russ Duerstine, a veteran himself and father to a combat veteran, spends Memorial Day reflecting on what it costs to keep our nation safe. “Memorial Day is a reminder of what the oath to serve means, the cost of… Read more »

May 25, 2023

Stop using veterans as political pawns and take actual health care reform steps

Veterans should not be used as political pawns, but unfortunately not everyone in Washington, DC is on board with that.  In a recent piece in the Daily Caller, CVA Deputy Director John Byrnes calls out the White House and certain members of Congress for spreading misinformation about the recently passed Limit, Save, Grow Act.   House… Read more »

May 22, 2023

20 years after ‘Mission Accomplished’, our leaders can finally end the wars in Iraq

March marked 20 years since the start of the Iraq War and May marked another anniversary in the timeline of the war. Twenty years ago, President George W. Bush gave his infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech in which he celebrated “victory” in the war and announced “major combat operations in Iraq have ended” all in front… Read more »

May 18, 2023

#VAFail: Colorado veteran tells his story about the VA blocking his needed surgery

What happens when the Department of Veterans Affairs tried to keep control of a veteran’s health care delivery instead of letting him find better care in the community? In CVA Strategic Director Nate Banks’ case, his mental and physical health suffer.  United States Navy veteran Nate Banks sat down with Jeff Crank for another episode… Read more »