Veterans Action Network is committed to using our vast network of veterans and citizens to advocate for our Veterans and to hold elected officials and bureaucrats accountable at the Federal, State, and Local levels. These are some of the issues we care about.
Commitment in War
For the last 70 years our elected officials have refused to commit to winning in war, electing to exclusively fight the mode of war known as limited war. While limited war is an acceptable mode to fight in small wars (i.e. Grenada), it fails horrifically in larger conflicts such as in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Currently we are fighting on fronts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Nigeria, the Philippines, and elsewhere. However, Congress has not even voted on a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) since 2003. Not only is this inaction unconstitutional, but it reflects a total lack of accountability and commitment in government at the highest level. That is why we are working hard to push Congress to vote on a new AUMF. Click here to find out more and get involved in a project to hold our elected officials responsible in war.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is a large organization with an annual budget of around $165 Billion. Despite this staggering amount, the reports of long waits and poor performance in healthcare continue. In order to rectify the situation, it is important to take stock of the VA’s weaknesses and strengths. Many people forget how effectively the VA has handled the GI Bill and VA Loan programs. At their core, both of these programs take advantage of the strength of bureaucracy. That is, they coordinate and conduct payments instead of trying to do the job directly. It would not make sense for the VA to open up a college and have Veterans come take classes. Instead they pay for Veterans to go to college using the GI Bill. It would not make sense for the VA to build and sell houses to Veterans. They let Veterans access the market individually and apply for VA loans. It is abundantly clear that these programs work, and they work well. However, a vastly more complex and difficult field is that of healthcare, and it is a field that is not well suited for bureaucracy. Like with the GI Bill and the VA Loans, the VA should coordinate benefits and payment for Veterans’ healthcare, but they should be able to go to doctors across the private sector instead of having to go to overcrowded VA hospitals. Click here to find out more and get involved in a project to give our Veterans the very best healthcare.
Protecting Veterans Rights
All US Citizens are afforded the rights outlined in the US Constitution, however our Veterans have distinguished themselves by their willingness to put themselves in harms way to defend the rights of others. Of all people, our Veterans deserve to have their rights preserved and protected. Unfortunately, reports of the VA telling Veterans they cannot own guns have increased lately. The individual right to keep and bear arms is legally protected by the Second Amendment, and any desire to disarm Veterans is truly unacceptable. This and all other rights outlined in the Constitution must be preserved and protected, but especially for our Veterans.
If you care about these or any other issues, we would love to hear your thoughts. Email us today.