November 30, 2018

Faults Found by Overdue DoD Audit Could Cost $559 Million to Fix

In what was a surprise to no one, the Pentagon failed its first-ever comprehensive audit.   It took nearly a year for more than 1,000 auditors to conduct dozens of separate audits on $2.7 trillion worth of Department of Defense assets. More than 600 locations were visited, more than 40,000 documents were requested, and more than 90,000 sample items were tested.   In… Read more »

November 29, 2018

#VAFail – Student Veterans in a Bind as VA Fails to Disperse GI Bill Benefits Accurately and On Time

Recently, the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity met for a contentious hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ continued problems dispersing GI Bill benefits on time and in the right amounts. Since August, VA IT glitches and systems errors have resulted in miscalculated and delayed housing stipends for student veterans. These problems have… Read more »

November 28, 2018

New Op-Ed: New Congress Must Continue to Improve the Lives of Nation’s Vets, Regardless of Who Is in Control

In just a few weeks, the House of Representatives will transition from Republican to Democratic control. Bipartisanship is rare in Washington, but luckily there is something we can all agree on as power shifts across the aisle – the country needs to take care of veterans. Concerned Veterans for America Deputy Executive Director Nathan Anderson… Read more »

November 27, 2018

This Week on the Hill

The final countdown begins for the 115th Congress as members return to Washington this week. There are just a few weeks left to legislate before members head home for the holidays, and there is plenty of work to fit into that short time. The last weeks of the session will be dedicated to leadership decisions,… Read more »

November 19, 2018

#VAFail – Veteran Died at VA After Blood Poisoning

Aaron Merritt left the Army after three combat tours. Just before leaving the military, he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Naturally, he turned to the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system to continue treating his condition once he left the service. A few months into treatment at the VA, Aaron became intensely sick. Despite… Read more »

November 16, 2018

Great News for Veterans: Medical Staff Are Back to Work at the VA

Last week, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a major change that will help the VA better deliver health care to veterans. Starting Nov. 15, medical employees can no longer use their work hours to perform union activities. For years, VA employees have used what’s known as official time to conduct union activity. Those employees… Read more »

November 14, 2018

First-Ever Pentagon Audit Will Likely Underline Habitual Wasteful Spending

The Department of Defense possesses more than $2.4 trillion in assets. Yet, the Pentagon is currently undergoing its first-ever audit. Findings could be released this week, and they’re expected to outline significant issues.  That the military has readiness issues is not a secret. In April, Defense News reported naval aviation readiness was either at or near an all-time low. In October, Secretary of Defense Jim… Read more »