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Stop using veterans as political pawns and take actual health care reform steps

Veterans should not be used as political pawns, but unfortunately not everyone in Washington, DC is on board with that.  In a recent piece in the Daily Caller, CVA Deputy Director John Byrnes calls out the White House and certain members of Congress for spreading misinformation about the recently passed Limit, Save, Grow Act.   House… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Thursday, May 25th 2023

#VAFail: Colorado veteran tells his story about the VA blocking his needed surgery

What happens when the Department of Veterans Affairs tried to keep control of a veteran’s health care delivery instead of letting him find better care in the community? In CVA Strategic Director Nate Banks’ case, his mental and physical health suffer.  United States Navy veteran Nate Banks sat down with Jeff Crank for another episode… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Thursday, May 18th 2023

Reintroduced Veterans Health Care Freedom Act would expand health care choice and remove barriers to care at the VA

Veterans need access to timely, quality medical care for their unique needs. Thanks to a newly re-introduced bill, expanded access to care could soon be a reality for millions of veterans who use the Department of Veterans Affairs for their health care delivery and benefits. The Veterans Health Care Freedom Act, introduced in the Senate… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Wednesday, May 10th 2023

Demanding accountability: How Congress can protect health care choice for veterans

Veterans deserve more choice in their health care, but the Department of Veterans Affairs stands firm in denying them the right to choose what’s best for them. Recently, The Hill published a compelling op-ed by Darin Selnick, a senior advisor for Concerned Veterans for America and an Air Force veteran, in which he argues that… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Monday, May 8th 2023

#VAFail: The VA can fire its poorly performing staff. So why isn’t it?

You might think behavior like “creating a hostile work environment” or “treating staff as personal assistants” or forcing “subordinates to buy lunches and handle transportation to and from work” would be enough to get an employee fired from his or her job.  But when it comes to the Department of Veterans Affairs, you’d be wrong. … Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Friday, May 5th 2023

CVA’s Russ Duerstine joins American Potential podcast to discuss VA reforms

In a recent episode of the American Potential podcast, CVA Executive Director Russ Duerstine spoke about the work CVA is doing to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs and hold the VA accountable for the way it cares for veterans. Russ spoke in depth about the rampant appointment wait time manipulation happening at the VA… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Tuesday, April 18th 2023

#VAFail: Veteran takes his own life after being denied treatment for chronic pain. Rep. Greg Steube and CVA speak out.

Last year, Vietnam veteran Rayford Hill was denied clinically proven treatment for his chronic pain from his local Department of Veterans Affairs facility. The pain for too much for Rayford to bear, so a few weeks after he was denied the treatment he sought, he planned his own funeral and took his own life. Rep…. Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Friday, April 14th 2023