Veterans for Common Sense: Rebuild the VA

Paul Sullivan, Executive Director, Veterans for Common Sense (VCS), testified Feb. 4 before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee about President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) for 2011. Sullivan knows the culture of the VA inside-out, and his message is: Complete overhaul is needed now, though Sullivan is known to be more colorful in private in his descriptions and analyses.

Essentially, if the VBA claims process can be described as a bridge, then the current one-lane obsolete wooden structure lacks the capacity to handle the millions of veterans now using it. There are traffic jams trying to cross, and veterans constantly fall over the side or through the cracks and plunge into the icy waters below.

An entirely new concrete and steel high-capacity bridge needs to be built as a replacement. The more time spent adding timber, changing the name, and applying paint to the wooden bridge only means more delays for our veterans seeking healthcare and benefits.

For Sullivan’s oral testimony as well as VCS’s full written statement, see Veterans for Common Sense (VCS).

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