#VAFail: South Carolina VA facility did not provide quality care, potentially leading to veteran’s suicide
According to Stop Soldier Suicide, veterans are 57% more likely to die by suicide than people who have not served in the military. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for post-9/11 veterans, accounting for nearly a quarter of all deaths. Veterans and their families — who already have sacrificed for this country — deserve... Read more »
September is Suicide Prevention Month, a time to especially focus on the suicide epidemic in the veteran community. An average 17 veterans take their lives every day in the United States, but the number actually could be much higher. A new study just found the most staggeringly high suicide numbers are amongst post-9/11 veterans. Four... Read more »
For veterans hoping to hear about the Republican presidential candidates’ ideas for improving veterans’ health care, the first primary debate was a letdown. CVA staff on the ground in Milwaukee and around the country hoped to hear anything about these candidates’ plans to improve veterans’ health care. Through our #VeteransVoicesCount campaign on Twitter, we tried... Read more »
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Medical paperwork offers health care providers information about a patient’s current circumstances, and their history. Those records are vital and could dictate the course of care. But at the Department of Veterans Affairs, doctors often ignore this information. Veterans may be dying as a result. VA practitioners missed opioid history As Military Times reported,... Read more »
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In Houston, an unexpected nightmare began for veteran David Norman Williams inside the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Constance Williams, David’s wife, shared his story with Houston’s KPRC 2 in May. On March 4, the 74-year-old veteran was admitted for a kidney transplant. As of the time of the report, he had remained there... Read more »
Here’s what veterans want to hear from candidates about their health care at the first GOP presidential debate
The 2024 election cycle is already underway with the first GOP presidential debate taking place August 23 in Milwaukee. The debate will feature a full roster of the candidates for the GOP ticket who have qualified according to their fundraising and polling numbers. The candidates will use this first debate as a chance to plant... Read more »
#VAFail: Report finds the VA is actively working against veterans accessing community care for substance use treatment
Addiction is a disease. Like with a heart attack or stroke, care cannot be delayed when a patient needs it most. But that’s what is happening at the Department of Veterans Affairs. According to Military Times, veterans are waiting weeks or even months to receive substance abuse treatment. The VA also is ignoring a federal... Read more »
Veterans should always come first at the Department of Veterans Affairs. But unfortunately, many veterans don’t have that experience. At a recent town hall meeting hosted by CVA, Rep. Mike Bost shared his perspective on ensuring veterans have access to timely, quality care, whether that’s at the VA or in community care. “We want to... Read more »
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In recent American Potential episodes, CVA General Counsel Herb Ford joined host Jeff Crank to take an in-depth look into the VA MISSION Act and its impact on veterans’ health care. While Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country have a mission to take care of veterans and provide them with needed medical care,... Read more »
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Vets on the Hill 2023 is in the books! This year, we brought nearly 50 staff members and volunteers from all over the country to lobby on Capitol Hill. For three days, these veterans and military family members met with members of Congress to share their stories — from the battlefield to the transition out... Read more »
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