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 »

November 13, 2018

How to Honor Veterans: Better Foreign Policy

In a recent op-ed, Iraq War veteran and Concerned Veterans for America Executive Director Dan Caldwell joined William Ruger, Afghanistan War veteran and vice president of research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute, in calling for “a more realistic foreign policy that only sends those who serve into harm’s way when America’s vital national… Read more »

November 12, 2018

This Week on The Hill

Now that election season has come to an end, it’s time for Congress to return to Washington and get back to work. Tuesday’s results mean big changes on the Hill, especially for the House after Democrats won back the majority. Leadership changes are already underway. Rep. Kevin McCarthy has started his bid for House minority… Read more »

November 11, 2018

Veterans Day 2018: 3 Ways Veterans Are Making Their Mark After Service

Did you know there are more than 20 million veterans in the United States? That is a lot of veterans, but they comprise only about 7 percent of the U.S. population. Although vets make up a small subset of the country, they have an incredible impact on society. From small businesses all the way to… Read more »

October 29, 2018

October’s worst #VAFails

There are some important updates on developing stories at the Department of Veterans Affairs this month. Many student veterans are still waiting for their GI Bill benefits to kick in this semester, and a Minnesota news outlet further investigated a nationwide #VAFail it helped break. Here are the top #VAFails in October. The Office of… Read more »

October 22, 2018

#VAFail –VA Failed to Coordinate Exams for Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries have become the “signature wound” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Estimates from the Department of Defense and Veteran’s Brain Injury Center show 22 percent of combat casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan are from brain injuries. Many more with blast injuries may also have sustained TBIs. Since 2000, instances of TBI… Read more »