April 20, 2017

The forces behind anti-VA Accountability efforts

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been plagued with countless scandals over the years, with little improvement. Whether the scandal involved the falsification of waitlists, the ongoing theft of prescription drugs, or the intimidation of whistleblowers, it all traces back to a fundamental lack of accountability. Introducing measures to hold employees accountable for wrongdoing and… Read more »

April 20, 2017

VA Secretary makes encouraging statements about accountability and choice

Over the weekend, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin joined reporters to discuss upcoming changes and initiatives at the VA in the wake of the Phoenix wait list scandal anniversary. So far during his tenure, Dr. Shulkin has made some encouraging comments on accountability for VA employees, choice for veterans, and transparency in his department. Last… Read more »

April 14, 2017

Happy birthday to the Air Force Reserve

69 years ago, President Harry Truman called for the Air Force Reserve to be established. Following World War II, it was clear that the United States had to remain ready for battle in the sky. Since its formation, the Air Force Reserve has become an invaluable asset to the Air Force and military as a… Read more »

April 14, 2017

#VAFail – Patients are at “unnecessary risk” at DC VA medical center

Dirty sterile equipment storage areas. Insufficient supplies. Millions of dollars of missing equipment. Unfilled critical staff positions. That’s what a team from the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) found when they investigated an anonymous complaint at the Washington, DC, VA Medical Center last month. The situation was so bad, the team put together an… Read more »

April 12, 2017

How bad was the Phoenix VA scandal?

This week marks three years since the Phoenix VA wait list scandal broke. Since then, VA facilities across the country have been exposed for manipulating wait times, wasting funds, providing poor quality of care, and retaliating against whistleblowers. So was the situation in Phoenix really that bad? And has it gotten any better? Take a… Read more »

April 12, 2017

What have we learned about the VA since Phoenix?

It’s been three years since we learned veterans in Phoenix were forced to wait months for care and many died while they waited on secret lists created by VA employees. Administrators at the VA Hospital in Phoenix doctored wait times to meet wait time goals and collect bonuses. Wait list manipulation kept 1,700 veterans who had requested appointments… Read more »

April 7, 2017

HVAC Hearings on Veteran Crisis Line’s Continued Negligence Shows Need for Aggressive Congressional Oversight

Countless Americans have selflessly answered the call to defend America’s freedom and prosperity by serving in the military. Why can’t the Veterans Crisis Line answer veterans’ calls when they need it the most?   That was the question being investigated by the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) on Tuesday during a full committee oversight hearing… Read more »