We now know who doesn’t have an answer to that question—VA’s current leadership team. At a March 25 Congressional hearing hosted by the House Veterans Affairs subcommittee, VA representatives made it clear they will defend the department’s unsatisfactory status quo.
The U.S. military’s current benefit system is unsustainable. Health care and retirement costs are spiraling upward as a percentage of the Pentagon budget, and the trajectory is already crowding out war-fighting capability. The government spent …
Originally Published on the Washington Examiner My military deployments taught me that when a subordinate fails to perform, the proper action is to determine quickly if his performance can be improved, and if not, replace him with someone who can get the job done right. After all, lives are at stake. That fundamental leadership principle(…)
Here’s a true story about how things work at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): In March 2013, Dr. Steve Coughlin, a former VA epidemiologist, testified to Congress about how the VA had failed to follow up with veterans who had reported suicidal thoughts, and that many of those vets later took their own lives.
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.