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Growing VA wait list crisis requires bold solutions

Growing VA wait list crisis requires bold solutions

A recent New York Times article proclaimed: “One year after outrage about long waiting lists for health care shook the Department of Veterans Affairs, the agency is facing a new crisis: The number of veterans on waiting lists of one month or more is now 50 percent higher than it was during the height of last year’s problems, department officials say.” Much of the increase is attributable to escalating demand by aging Vietnam veterans and returning troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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VA legislation is a significant step forward

VA legislation is a significant step forward

This spring, as tragic reports surfaced of veterans dying while waiting for care at the Phoenix VA, I hosted a town hall forum at Burton Barr Central Library where the families of four veterans who passed away stood before a packed room to tell their stories.

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