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March 20, 2017

U.S. House Stands Up for Veterans

Last week, 237 members of the U.S. House of Representatives stood up for veterans by voting in favor of the VA Accountability First Act of 2017, H.R. 1259. This bipartisan legislation will protect veterans from corrupt employees at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The 2017 VA Accountability First Act: shortens the overall termination… Read more »

March 13, 2017

New bill would limit VA employee time spent on union activity

Last week Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) introduced a bill to ensure better tracking of employee time spent on union activity. The Veterans, Employees and Taxpayers (VET) Protection Act would require that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) prohibit those involved directly with patient care from spending more than a quarter (25 percent) of their official… Read more »

March 9, 2017

HVAC holds hearing on issues with Choice Program

This week the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) held a hearing on the Choice Program and its implementation since becoming law less than three years ago. Since that time, the Choice Program has allowed some veterans to seek care outside the VA health care system if their wait time is longer than 30 days or… Read more »

March 9, 2017

Veteran with stage IV cancer draws attention to care issues in Phoenix

Quality of care at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Phoenix has once again proven to be severely lacking. Earlier this week, a judge ruled in favor of Steven Cooper, an 18-year Army veteran, in his medical malpractice suit against the VA. A nurse practitioner who performed an examination on Cooper “breached the standard of… Read more »

March 9, 2017

Sen. Sasse: Judge Gorsuch is a ‘Judge’s Judge’

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) takes the separation of the three branches of government very seriously—he made that clear in Concerned Veterans for America’s final “Future of the Court” tele-town hall event. The importance of keeping checks and balances on government power is why he—and CVA—supports confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court…. Read more »

March 8, 2017

Where’s the Accountability? VA Routinely Mishandles Vets’ Paperwork

Whether it’s failing to process veterans’ medical claims or mishandling veterans’ private information, the VA has a huge document control issue it just can’t seem to fix. When it was found years ago that veterans were dying due in part to delays in processing claims, the VA announced it would work on finding solutions to… Read more »

March 6, 2017

Where does the VA’s money go?

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a history of mismanagement and wasted resources, but Congress is attempting to address the root of the problem with the VA Accountability First Act of 2017. Since 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ budget has grown by nearly 86 percent. That is significant growth, especially considering the VA’s 2017 budget… Read more »