Concerned Veterans for America has released this video detailing the Veterans Affairs scandal ahead of President Obama's visit to the Phoenix hospital:
“Revelations of gross mismanagement at the VA hospital in Phoenix last year were a shock to many people—but not Concerned Veterans for America. We’ve been aware of the lack of accountability at the VA and pushing for reforms at the agency since early 2013,” said CVA CEO Pete Hegseth says in a statement. “Our new ‘Road to Reform’ video explains the actions CVA has taken over the past two years, our progress to date, and our plans to continue our relentless quest to bring reform to the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
“The problems at the VA persist, and the road ahead is long – but ‘Road to Reform’ describes how we’re going to pave that road by fighting to bring accountability, choice, and timeliness to the delivery of veterans’ health care. CVA knows that someone must serve as a watchdog for those who serve our veterans—and we know that there has never been a more critical time to stand up for change.”
The Veterans Affairs secretary lied about serving in the special forces, a report in the Huffington Post alleges.
"Robert McDonald, the secretary of veterans affairs, wrongly claimed in a videotaped comment earlier this year that he served in special operations forces, the most elite units in the armed forces, when his military service of five years was spent almost entirely with the 82nd Airborne Division during the late 1970s," the report reads.
If you work for the government and you don’t stay on the straight and narrow, then you risk being told to go home and take some time off … with pay and benefits. Might be for three months to a year – time enough to catch up on those overdue home improvement project. Could be for one to three years. Long enough to write that novel you’ve been thinking about.
Problems at the VA were largely – but not entirely – in the realm of scheduling. No one argued in favor the current system, which had veterans waiting in line for medical attention for months and even years. Even if the supervisors who cooked the books and paid themselves bonuses were all shown the door, the system would not be working as it should until the scheduling SNAFUs had been dealt with.
The legislative fix has been passed and signed into law, along with a generous appropriation of new money. Also, a new top person has been named and confirmed. So time to move on from the VA and its woes. But before doing so, consider the magnitude of the problems and their duration.
With the overwhelmingly bipartisan vote for the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, Congress passed the most significant reforms to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in decades. And, right on cue, here come the grumblings from the second-guessers.
The twilight of the scandal-plagued Obama administration is upon us, and voters are faced with a real conundrum. Which of the failures of progressive governance should be confronted first? The Mideast is an even more blood-drenched goat rodeo than pessimists predicted. There are 50,000 illegal immigrant children warehoused at the border. The IRS is starting to bear a resemblance to the Stasi. Then there’s the roiling Obamacare disaster, and the related politically driven crusade against religious liberty. The Bergdahl swap. Benghazi. Fast and Furious. One could go on.