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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

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: What is the VA hiding that it won’t release under the Freedom of Information Act?

The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to drag its feet on producing records requested under the Freedom of Information Act and now the subject of an ongoing lawsuit.  The suit, filed by Americans for Prosperity Foundation in July 2021, seeks to know how the VA is calculating veterans’ appointment wait times and how the department… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Friday, March 31st 2023

Montana veteran: One Montana lawmaker has tried to fix problems at the VA, and another ignores them

Over the last year, we’ve heard a lot from lawmakers and candidates campaigning for our votes and support. One of the typical promises we hear is that our politicians will be champions for veterans and will ensure they are taken care of for all they’ve sacrificed for this country.  As a veteran myself, I can… Read more »

By Chris Enget
Monday, March 6th 2023

Texas veteran: The VA shows cold indifference to the plight of veterans. I expect Texas lawmakers to change that

The Department of Veterans Affairs is entrusted with a sacred duty: to care for those who wore the uniform in service to this country. Caring for veterans includes managing the country’s largest health care system of VA facilities around the country. As a veteran of the U.S. Army, the spouse of a Marine, and a… Read more »

By Jessica Villarreal
Tuesday, February 21st 2023

Florida veteran explains how the state can lead the way on VA reform

Hundreds of thousands of veterans make Florida their home, and lawmakers in the state have made caring for veterans a top priority over the years. CVA Coalitions Director and U.S. Army veteran Jimmie T. Smith hopes to see that continue in the new Congress. Jimmie made his case for more VA reforms in a recent… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Monday, January 30th 2023

Did you miss this? Five big VA reforms passed in last year’s lame-duck session.

Congress often races to the finish line at the end of the year, leaving many Americans missing significant legislation and resolutions it has passed. Last year was no exception. At the end of 2022, lost among all the news of the lame-duck session and government funding bills, important legislation was passed to protect veterans –… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Monday, January 9th 2023