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Eshoo and Speier to host community meeting on VA issues

Original post made on Jul 3, 2014

Congresswomen Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier will host a town hall meeting on access to care at the Palo Alto VA Hospital on Monday, July 7, to provide veterans and the community with the opportunity to ask questions and get answers about the VA's appointment process.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 1:02 PM

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Posted by Wayne Martin
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm

2015 VA Budget Fast Facts:
Web Link

Given that there are about 6M people currently enrolled in the VA system, with more than twice that eligible for enrollment, it's very difficult to understand much of what goes on in this system. So, even casual commenting seems really out of the question for most of us.

The link above provides a concise review of the financial picture for the VA for the 2015 budget timeframe. It does not, on the other hand, provide any insight into the care situation. Of particular interest is that the budget for VA has more than doubled in the last ten years. Which leads us to the troubling question—what has all of this money done for care at the VA, and how much will it cost to actually do the job that needs to be done?

The most recent report from the White House makes it clear that in a very short time the President has gone from support for former Secretary Erik Shinseki to one proclaiming there to be a "corrosive culture" at the VA:

Web Link

So what is going on? $165B is a lot of money—about 30% of what we are spending on the Department of Defense at the moment. Perhaps these two elected officials will tell us who is in charge, and why has the system fallen into what seems to be systemic failure? Perhaps these two can give us some idea if the budget for VA will continue to double every ten years or so?

Hopefully Ms. Eshoo and Ms. Speier will be able to explain the role of Congress in the management of the VA, and why they think things are as bad as the White House report (among others) makes the situation out to be.


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