November 20, 2023

Two solutions for VA reform, but only one will give veterans more choices over care

Veterans Day may have passed, but we can recognize and honor veterans every day, starting with better health care.  In a recent piece in the Washington Examiner, CVA Executive Director Russ Duerstine shines a light on how the Department of Veterans Affairs is getting around the law and limiting veterans’ health treatment options:  The Department… Read more »

November 15, 2023

Have you heard these 5 myths about the Restore VA Accountability Act? Here are the facts.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a responsibility to serve and care for veterans. But too often, the VA puts its own needs ahead of veterans.  We’ve seen this play out over and over again when the VA doesn’t properly hold its staff accountable or bows to the wishes of unions over the needs of… Read more »

November 13, 2023

The VA is silently taking away veterans’ control of their health care

Veterans deserve a “square deal” once they finish their service. This is not a new concept. Teddy Roosevelt used those exact words more than a hundred years ago, and it still is the central idea about how veterans’ health care should work. Unfortunately, veterans face a health care system that often works against instead of for them. In a… Read more »

November 13, 2023

Watch: Veterans share gratitude and hope for the future of their health care on Veterans Day

During Veterans Day weekend, veterans of all branches shared their gratitude for all the appreciation they get on Veterans Day – the free lunches, coffees, haircuts, and rounds of golf.  It’s important we as a country thank and honor those who put on the uniform in service to the country.  And it’s equally important to… Read more »

November 10, 2023

Republican presidential candidates completely ignore veterans issues in third debate

If you were watching the debate with a bingo card in hand, you’d certainly be able to cross out mentions of the economy, the threat of China, entitlement reform, abortion, health care, and a host of other issues.   What you didn’t hear though was any mention of reform to the Department of Veterans Affairs or… Read more »

November 3, 2023

#VAFail: Veterans’ health care suffering because VA electronic health records system is a failure

The first electronic health records system came online in the 1960s. While the technology has improved over the last 60 years, electronic health records (EHRs) are not new.   Still, the Department of Veterans Affairs can’t seem to develop a system that works for veterans.   The VA has been using EHRs for more than 30 years,… Read more »

November 1, 2023

What is the Veterans Health Care Freedom Act, and how would it empower veterans to get the care they need?

All over the country, veterans who use the Department of Veterans Affairs for their health care are facing long wait times, mismanaged cases, and obstacles to receiving needed care.  While the VA MISSION Act expanded community care options to many veterans, the VA has skirted the law to keep veterans out of the community and in… Read more »