Immediate Release: 03/12/2018
Contact: Lois Matteis
The Center for American Homeless Veterans (CAHV) is responding to a statement made by House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Roe on February 15, in which he requests $198.60 billion to fund the Veterans Administration during the coming fiscal year. This is a budgetary increase of 175%, since 2006. The funding, argued by President Trump and Congressman Roe, would be used for VA modernization and to rebuild the trust of veterans.
Trust must be restored before any request for a budget increase
CAHV believes the VA needs to perform significant work to modernize systems and regain the trust of our American heroes, but this should not translate to giving the Department more money, when they have failed veterans time after time. Since the scandal in 2014 - when the VA fudged wait times, resulting in veterans essentially dying in line while waiting for benefits, they have done little to improve their ranking of trust among the veteran population. In fact, the 2014 scandal was just the tip of the iceberg!
CAHV Identifies Significant Reports on Veteran Neglect in the Last 10 Years
The VA has faced multiple scandals in recent years, with no indication of change. The stories are as horrific as they are numerous. In the last 10 years alone, there were major issues of VA abuse and fraud, to include:
Accountability Improvements, YES. but More Must Be Done
While the VA Secretary is taking steps to address the despicable issues described above, the fact remains that throwing more money at an already abusive system is not the answer to the problem. There is simply not enough trust in the VA’s word that money allocated to them will go where it says it will go or even where it is directed to go!
Center for American Homeless Veterans Demands Congress Puts Accountability Before $!
President Trump and VA Secretary Shulkin should instead be looking at more accountability laws, such as Senate Bill 1094, passed last year. These types of laws reduce the abuse and open up substantial funds that the VA has already been allocated to do its job. Passing legislation that addresses these issues would solve the financial problems the VA is facing, without raising the budget a single cent. Instead of throwing money at the issue, enacting more effective legislation would permanently resolve the problems.
Since 1993, The Center for American Homeless Veterans has harnessed the power of the media to rally public support on behalf of American Veterans. CAHV has sponsored 196 programs and forums, with well over 100 Members of Congress speaking at its events. The Center for American Homeless Veterans has supported local homeless veteran transitional facilities by organizing and conducting programs for public support in their local areas, as well as through earned media.
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