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Veterans Affairs In Crisis: 10 Questions For VA Secretary Eric Shinseki

Pete Hegseth
CEO, Concerned Veterans for America
              Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, before the House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on the effects the government shutdown is having on benefits and services to veterans. About 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month if the partial government shutdown continues into late October, Shinseki told lawmakers Wednesday. Some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving spouses and dependents will see pension payments stopped.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

In Washington’s current state of gridlock, one strong point of agreement, regardless of party, is that our nation’s military veterans have earned the best care we can provide.

When veterans become victims: Reform the VA now

12:06 PM 04/14/2014

It’s a story we’ve seen with numbing regularity: military veterans seeking care at a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health facility are met with bureaucratic malfeasance, substandard care, and delayed treatments. As a result, they face worsening health conditions … and even death.

Veterans know Obamacare because they already have it

12:03 PM 11/25/2013

By now, the slow-motion train wreck that is Obamacare has been well documented, as new revelations about the law become known to the public. From antiquated technology to cost uncertainty to not keeping your doctor, the reality of government-mandated health care is smacking Americans in the face.

President Obama to veterans and military families: We want you to feel the pain

10:59 AM 10/10/2013

There is a great deal of outrage going on these days; it seems that everyone has a reason to be “mad as hell” about the government shutdown. Most of this political noise is really just posturing from political hacks trying to score cheap points. Faux outrage is a serious pet peeve of mine; as it muddles legitimate debates, raises our collective cynicism, and dulls our senses against real outrages around us. When everything is an outrage, nothing is an outrage. But sometimes something comes along that is truly worthy of our outrage, and the actions this week of this administration toward veterans and military families certainly qualifies.

United States of Dysfunction: Is it too late to restore confidence in D.C?

10:47 AM 09/30/2013

Here’s a pop quiz: If (or when) the federal government shuts down over Washington’s inability to agree on spending, who will deserve the greater share of the blame? Congressional Republicans? Congressional Democrats? President Obama? What effect would a shutdown have on the 2014 midterms, or the 2016 presidential election?

Obama’s Syria muddle: Speak loudly and carry a small stick

9:58 AM 09/06/2013

“I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia,” Winston Churchill said in a 1939 radio broadcast, attempting to predict how the inscrutable Communist goliath might respond to German provocations in Eastern Europe. “It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

What Obama’s State of the Union won’t include: A serious plan to cut spending

11:12 AM 02/11/2013

It’s not hard to predict the notes President Obama will hit when he delivers his fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday. The president will call for more “investment” in pet priorities like alternative energy; he’ll insist on some form of “nation-building at home”; he’ll demand higher taxes from Americans; and so forth. You know the drill.

To honor veterans, focus on spending restraint, rebuilding economy

12:02 AM 11/12/2012

In October 1954, President Eisenhower issued a proclamation declaring November 11 as Veterans Day in honor of all those who had served the nation in uniform. “On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom,” Eisenhower wrote in declaring the observance.

Libya: One week later, still no answers

11:36 AM 09/21/2012

Just one week ago, North Africa and the Middle East were on fire — the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was overwhelmed and the al-Qaida flag was hoisted. In Libya, much more tragically, the U.S. ambassador was murdered in cold blood. Symbols of America everywhere, even in London, were being challenged.

Veterans weigh in: $16 trillion debt endangers security

12:40 AM 08/27/2012

What do American military veterans believe is the greatest threat to our nation’s security? If you think the answer is China, the Iranian nuclear threat, or foreign terrorist groups, guess again: Nearly three-quarters of veterans we surveyed last month cite economic weakness (42 percent) and the national debt (30 percent) as the top threats to national security.