Holding VA leadership accountable for their actions and performance is the first step in fixing the problem that is hurting hundreds of thousands of veterans each and every day. Sen. Richard Burr (R-SC), said it best …
The average veteran waits close to nine months to learn whether they’ll receive the benefits they’ve earned and the care they need from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This process of repeated delays and denials is just one of many examples of a failed veterans support network that, despite consistent increases in budgets and personnel, is failing to keep our nation’s promise to serve those who served our nation.
The VA should have a brand associated with efficiency, dedication, and integrity, like the military members it serves. Sadly, although VA used to have that brand, it is not that way today.
At a Feb. 4 Capitol Hill press conference, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) presented the case for the omnibus veterans benefits bill he has introduced in the Senate. Sanders stood at a lectern bearing a sign with the key message of the day: “Keeping our promise to veterans.” Unfortunately…
It was around this time last year that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) started to feel the heat for the massive backlog of veterans waiting for their disability and compensation claims to be processed. It was an issue Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) had been sounding the alarm on since 2012. But the criticism reached critical mass in 2013, as the backlog hit a historic high in March of last year, before beginning to subside.So where are we today?
No different than federal entitlement programs, the military compensation system is facing challenges and constraints of its own. The Ryan-Murray budget deal, whether intentional or not, thrust military compensation into the spotlight and called attention to disconcerting projections of a system that, unless reformed, will be unable to meet its future obligations and crowd out other defense priorities.
One lesson Washington politicians seem unable to learn is that sweeping “comprehensive” solutions to problems rarely deliver on their lofty promises while typically creating a whole class of new problems. The botched ObamaCare rollout is a textbook illustration of that principle, and there are scores of other examples.
Nobody understands the virtue of sacrifice more than America’s veterans and military personnel. Politicians often talk about sacrifice, but usually, they are asking for someone else to bear the burden. Shamefully, Congress’s recent budget vote epitomizes this habit, as they slash the benefits of our nation’s veterans without making the harder reforms needed to restore fiscal balance to our nation.
Specifically, the cuts would reduce cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for many military retirees’ pensions and veterans’ benefits, and many in Washington were surprised when they saw them in the initial budget deal presented in November.
Over the last several weeks, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) has repeatedly argued that if you want to understand the bleak future of government health care under Obamacare, you need look no further than the dysfunctional U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).