Problems keep piling up for Veterans Affairs Department

July 18, 2015 – Associated Press

Associated Press contributor, Mathew Daly, points out the finger pointing from lawmakers directed at the VA, and reciprocal defensive comments from government administrators trying to fix the VA, have muddied the waters. Many in congress demand that firings be used as a measure of progress, while the VA counterpoint is if you give us the funding you approved, and now threaten to hold back, we can move forward. As Congress is well aware, getting rid of government personnel is not a quick process, nor necessarily a measure of progress.

Editorial Comment

Beneath the headline battles and politicized finger-pointing, veterans still struggle to get the care they earned by their service and the necessary analysis of setting service delivery priorities becomes blurred and delayed.