October 26, 2017

#VAFail – New VA Rankings Show Little Has Changed

Things aren’t getting better for veterans at the worst Veterans Affairs hospitals in the country. The VA released its annual report ranking 146 of its medical centers on a scale of one to five stars. Despite promises to improve care for the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country,… Read more »

October 26, 2017

VA Reform Would Strengthen, Not Weaken, the VA

The VA’s current structure is failing too many of our nation’s heroes. Enacting choice reform would be a tremendous help to those who are suffering under a mountain of red tape and bureaucratic ineptitude. The available data and countless stories show the VA desperately needs reform. Nevertheless, the VA still has an important role in… Read more »

October 25, 2017

Secretary Shulkin Tells House VA Committee Veterans Need More Choice with Health Care

Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee yesterday advocating for more choice in House draft legislation that would reform the Veterans Choice Program and consolidate the community care programs. The House held a hearing on several VA related bills, but the two major Choice proposals – one by the… Read more »

October 24, 2017

Cut Waste in the VA by Passing the Asset and Infrastructure Review Act

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs is considering the Asset and Infrastructure Review Act of 2017, which would give the VA authority to assess and realign its facilities and cut wasteful resources. This legislation would be an important step to making the VA more efficient at providing health care. In 2017, the Government Accountability Office… Read more »

October 23, 2017

Defense Secretary Mattis to House Armed Services Committee Leaders: ‘Now is the Time’ For BRAC

In a letter sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary Mattis implored for a new base realignment and closure (BRAC) round after a Department of Defense (DOD) report found it maintains “significant excess capacity.” The report found 19 percent of DOD’s facilities are unneeded. Maintaining these facilities… Read more »

October 20, 2017

#VAFail – Veteran dies while VA aide allegedly plays video games

When Vietnam War veteran Bill Nutter checked into the Veterans Affairs hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts, doctors promised his family they would check on him every hour. The retired police officer had been battling diabetes, respiratory problems and other health issues as a result of his exposure to Agent Orange. According to the Boston Globe, the… Read more »

October 18, 2017

A legacy of service wasn’t enough to receive timely care at the VA

As a member of both the Marine Corps and the Army National Guard, John Byrnes served his country both at home and overseas. When he joined the Marines in 1991, he was continuing a legacy of service, having family who served back to World War I. But when John tried to seek care at the… Read more »