Category Archives: Veterans Administration

President Trump Signs VA Whistleblower Law

President Trump Signs VA Whistleblower Law

Surrounded by veterans representing various advocacy groups, President Trump recently signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. The act grants additional protections to VA personnel who come forward to report corruption, abuse, and inefficiency within the Department of Veterans Affairs. This is an important reform to an agency with… Read More »

No End in Sight for Improper VA Payments

VA’s Improper Payments Are Getting Worse

In May, James Clark, writing for Task and Purpose, told readers, “The Department of Veterans Affairs cost taxpayers $5.5 billion dollars in improper payments last year.” That estimate came from a report by the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, and it represents an increase of $500 million from 2015 to 2016. Mr. Clark’s analysis… Read More »

Has Congress Reached a Bipartisan Deal on VA Accountability?

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the bill’s lead sponsor

On Thursday, May 11, the Associated Press reported that Congressional Democrats and Republicans had reached an agreement on legislation that would make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees. Progress on this issue has been stalled since wait-time scandals erupted in 2014, when it was revealed that employees attempted to cover… Read More »

Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 Blog Series: Part 2: Dockets at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and Advancement on the Docket

Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017- Part 2

As mentioned, in Part 1 of this series of blog posts on the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, this blog will discuss two topics; Dockets at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and Advancement on the Docket. If the bill is passed into law, there will be two separate dockets maintained at the… Read More »

Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 Blog Series: Part 1: Options for Appealing a Rating Decision

Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017- Part 1

On Sunday, May 21st, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs (HVAC) passed H.R. 2288, the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. If passed into law it will mean many changes for the VA and for our veterans. One notable revision is the options in which veterans may appeal their rating decision. The bill… Read More »

Veterans Groups Continue to Oppose Unlimited Choice

Veterans Groups Continue to Oppose Unlimited Choice

Testifying before the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committees, leaders of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and Disabled American Veterans expressed concern that too much outsourcing of healthcare under a new Choice program could undermine the mission of the VA. Some warned against “all-out privatization” that could eventually lead to the… Read More »

Armed Forces Day Honors Our Future Veterans

Armed Forces Day Honors Our Future Veterans

Just as Veterans Day is our occasion to honor all who wore a U.S. military uniform, and Memorial Day is when we remember warriors who made the ultimate sacrifice, Armed Forces Day  — today, May 20 — is our time to celebrate those men and women who currently serve our nation in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines,… Read More »

Drug Theft Plagues VA Hospitals

Drug Theft Plagues VA Hospitals

The Associated Press recently reported on federal investigations targeting opioid theft from VA medical centers throughout the country, which has been on the rise since 2009. The culprits are believed to be doctors, nurses, and pharmacy staff at the hospitals, who steal the drugs for their own use, to profit through street sales, or mismanage… Read More »

Should the Veterans Choice Act Be Extended?

The Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act was considered controversial when it was passed in 2014 and has remained so during its implementation. This year, a key facet of the act, portability for veterans’ health benefits under the Choice program, is set to expire. The question is now whether Congress and… Read More »

Who Is Phil Roe, the New House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman?

Phil Roe, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

In December, it was announced that Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee would replace Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida as chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Roe is a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Medical Corps from 1973 to 1974, including nine months near the demilitarized zone in Korea and three months at… Read More »