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More choice is working for veterans. I’ve seen it first-hand.

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By Josh Stanwitz, Arizona Coalitions Director I was honored to serve my country in both the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army. I joined the Marine Corps when I was 17 years old, enlisting as an infantryman. Five years later, I joined the Army, where I spent the rest of my military career. My time... Read more » The post More choice is working for veterans. I’ve seen it first-hand. appeared first on Concerned Veterans for America.

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The fight continues for better health care

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Whether you’re new to Concerned Veterans for America or you’ve been with us since day one, you know we fight to ensure veterans get the health care they were promised. We’ve seen so much progress along the way, thanks to veterans and their families who’ve demanded better from lawmakers and the Department of Veterans Affairs.... Read more » The post The fight continues for better health care appeared first on Concerned Veterans for America.

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Honor Their Sacrifice by making our country stronger and safer

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Veterans put on a uniform and swore an oath to defend the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. We remember this service and sacrifice every day, but this time of year especially. The events of Sept. 11, 2001 defined an entire generation of warriors. Many of those in uniform, including many on Concerned... Read more » The post Honor Their Sacrifice by making our country stronger and safer appeared first on Concerned Veterans for America.

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Instead of throwing more money at the VA, why not try fixing its problems?

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In the last 10 years, the Department of Veterans Affairs budget has more than doubled, reaching nearly $200 billion. Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked that if the debt limit is raised and federal spending levels increase, the treasury must provide another $22 billion to transfer to the VA. That extra spending was supposedly... Read more » The post Instead of throwing more money at the VA, why not try fixing its problems? appeared first on Concerned Veterans for America.

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#VAFail – Student Veterans in a Bind as VA Fails to Disperse GI Bill Benefits Accurately and On Time

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Recently, the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity met for a contentious hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ continued problems dispersing GI Bill benefits on time and in the right amounts. Since August, VA IT glitches and systems errors have resulted in miscalculated and delayed housing stipends for student veterans. These problems have... Read more » The post #VAFail – Student Veterans in a Bind as VA Fails to Disperse GI Bill Benefits Accurately and On Time appeared first on Concerned Veterans for America.

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#VAFail – Veteran Died at VA After Blood Poisoning

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Aaron Merritt left the Army after three combat tours. Just before leaving the military, he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Naturally, he turned to the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system to continue treating his condition once he left the service. A few months into treatment at the VA, Aaron became intensely sick. Despite... Read more » The post #VAFail – Veteran Died at VA After Blood Poisoning appeared first on Concerned Veterans for America.

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October’s worst #VAFails

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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 » The post October’s worst #VAFails appeared first on Concerned Veterans for America.

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

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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 » The post #VAFail –VA Failed to Coordinate Exams for Traumatic Brain Injuries appeared first on Concerned Veterans for America.

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New VA Star Ratings Are In. How Does Your Facility Measure Up?

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This week, the Department of Veterans Affairs released its annual end-of-fiscal-year quality and performance ratings for 146 medical facilities across the country. The VA began releasing star ratings in 2016 after a USA Today investigation found the VA was keeping quality data away from public scrutiny. Since then, the VA has published an annual list... Read more » The post New VA Star Ratings Are In. How Does Your Facility Measure Up? appeared first on Concerned Veterans for America.

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#VAFail – Another VA Hospital May Have Improperly Canceled Radiology Exams

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Back in July, the Tampa Bay Times reported on allegations that Department of Veterans Affairs staff at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital improperly canceled radiology exams. According to the allegations, staff at the Tampa-area facility canceled hundreds of exams in an effort to clean out the backlog of orders. In response, Haley became the... Read more » The post #VAFail – Another VA Hospital May Have Improperly Canceled Radiology Exams appeared first on Concerned Veterans for America.

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