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October 5, 2017

House Democrats Turn Down Chance to Work on Fixing VA Health Care

Yesterday, House Democrats on the Veterans Affairs Committee chose to boycott a roundtable discussion on the VA Choice Program. Their reason? Concerned Veterans for America’s presence at the meeting. CVA was invited to the roundtable discussion by House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman, Phil Roe. With the Choice Program expected to run out of money by… Read more »

September 29, 2017

Wait Time Issues Continue at Arizona VA

In 2014, the Phoenix VA Medical center caught the attention of the nation as it was discovered the hospital manipulated wait times, resulting in several veterans dying while waiting for care. Findings by a new VA Inspector General report allege the VA healthcare system in Southern Arizona has wait times that are worse than the… Read more »

September 28, 2017

#VAFail – Northport VA Allegedly Using Veterans to Increase Funding

On the heels of news that the VA is only filling half of its available appointments despite long wait times, VA employees in New York may be using precious time to boost their clinic’s funding instead of caring for veterans. The Washington Examiner reports that employees at the VA clinic in Northport, New York are… Read more »

September 25, 2017

Busy week ahead for House and Senate VA Committees

Set to return to the Hill next week, the House Veterans Affairs Committee faces a full legislative slate. Two hearings are on the schedule for next week. Tuesday the committee will review a long list of pending legislation. On Wednesday, they will set their focus on the GI Bill. Tuesday morning will be a heavy… Read more »

September 24, 2017

Honoring a legacy of sacrifice

The “Gold Star” originated 100 years ago with American involvement in World War I. The star was used as a way to indicate a family had lost a member during their service. Over the years, families who’ve lost loved ones during service, specifically those on active-duty, have come to be called Gold Star Families. The… Read more »

September 20, 2017

Former DC VA Director Fired Again

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Shulkin upheld his commitment of bringing more accountability into the VA by firing the former Director of the D.C. VA Medical Center, Brian Hawkins. Hawkins was originally fired in late July after investigations found gross mismanagement and negligence at the D.C. VA. It found that under Hawkins’ watch, veterans… Read more »

September 20, 2017

#VAFail – Audits show Choice Program payment errors costing millions

Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Michael Missal sent a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin last week outlining audit findings into payments made under the Veterans Choice Program. The shortened version: it’s not going well. The OIG is currently in the process of completing two audits, with a third audit to follow,… Read more »