Patriots, this week, Senator Rubio and Rep. Lamborn reintroduced a key piece of legislation that would help fix the toxic culture at the VA. It's called the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act. Here's what this bill would do:

- Make it easier to fire bad VA employees
- Cap bonuses for senior VA executives
- Protect whistleblowers who speak up about problems

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Contact Your Senators And Demand They Support The VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act

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“We’re not going to see progress until reforms are made."

CVA Deputy Director, Nate Anderson spoke with WBTV News about the new VA Secretary and the urgent need for reform in 2017.

Veterans, lawmakers hope Trump administration brings more VA reform

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"Candyman" doctor at the center of the Tomah VA opioid scandal FINALLY loses his medical license.

"I believe he has no business treating our nation’s veterans or any citizen in Wisconsin, so this is welcome news." - Senator Tammy Baldwin

Fired Tomah VA chief to surrender medical license

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"It is simply unacceptable that it can take years to fire one employee for poor management or misconduct."

Senator Marco Rubio explains the need for the VA Accountability First Act, which would speed up firings at the VA.

Rubio renews push to speed up VA firings

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The Overwatch | Once again, the VA sits near the top of the Government Accountability Office's list of troubled federal programs.

"Serving veterans and removing VA from the “high risk” category should be a top priority of this new administration." #VAaccountability

VA Remains on 'High Risk' Watch List - Concerned Veterans for America

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Senator Marco Rubio has re-introduced the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act to make it easier to fire bad VA employees.

“The inability to quickly fire bad employees is a major obstacle to fixing the toxic culture within the Department of Veterans Affairs." - CVA Policy Director, Dan Caldwell

Rubio Re-introduces Bill To Make It Easier to Fire Bad VA Employees - Concerned Veterans for America

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In the least surprising news of the day, the Government Accountability Office called our growing federal debt, "unsustainable."

"A plan to stabilize the debt is 'essential' to meeting the government's military and social promises, the report concluded, and to prepare for future contingencies such as wars or natural disasters."

Government watchdog: Federal debt is 'unsustainable'

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As the bureaucracy prepares to change leaders, Leo Shane takes a look at some key statistics at the VA. Has the department made any progress?

VA by the numbers: Has the department made progress?

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"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." #MLKday
The Overwatch | #VAFail - VA officials were awarded with MILLIONS of dollars in undeserved bonuses.

"Before the VA is allocated any additional tax payer dollars, officials should stop lining their pockets and be forced by Congress to finally put veterans first."

#VAFail - Officials awarded millions in undeserved bonuses - Concerned Veterans for America

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The Overwatch | No surprise here. Leadership STILL lacking at the Phoenix VA, according to its employees.

"Senior leadership at the Phoenix VA has been a problem since the wait list scandal broke in 2014. Since then there have been seven directors of this facility, several with checkered pasts at the VA..." #VAaccountability

Survey of Phoenix VA employees finds leadership is still lacking - Concerned Veterans for America

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Washington Coast Guard vet Tim Kuncl claims medical malpractice by the VA caused his right leg to be amputated.

“Seeing that really messed me up,” he said. “But I had to see it. I had to understand what happened to me.”

'Angry piece of flesh': Amputee’s right leg plays key part in VA malpractice suit

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"(CVA) would attempt to partner with Shulkin 'on urgently needed reforms, such as empowering veterans to access care outside the VA.'"

More on our reaction to the nomination of David Shulkin as VA Secretary via POLITICO

Trump taps VA health chief Shulkin to be secretary

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We hope David Shulkin will usher in a new era of transparency and accountability in his new role as VA Secretary.

"It is no secret that the VA has been failing veterans for years. While Shulkin already holds a leadership position at the VA, as Secretary, he will now have ultimate responsibility over the agency and we are hopeful he will take it in a new direction.” - CVA Executive Director,...
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David Shulkin tapped as Trump’s VA secretary

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According to the Government Accountability Office, VA will be ranked as "high risk" for its continued waste, fraud, and low quality of care.

"The draft report finds that the VA has made only limited progress since a scandal erupted over lengthy wait-times for veterans..." #VAaccountability

Veterans care still 'high risk' as Trump mulls VA head

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The Overwatch | Now that 2017 is in full swing, we have a few New Year's resolutions for the VA.

"Hundreds of thousands of veterans are still waiting long periods of time to see health care providers – according to the VA’s own data. Between October 2014 and today, the number of appointments that are scheduled 30 days out or more has increased by about 16 percent..."

New Year's Resolutions for the VA in 2017 - Concerned Veterans for America

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The Overwatch | #VAFail - VA officials were awarded with MILLIONS of dollars in undeserved bonuses.

"Before the VA is allocated any additional tax payer dollars, officials should stop lining their pockets and be forced by Congress to finally put veterans first."

#VAFail - Officials awarded millions in undeserved bonuses - Concerned Veterans for America

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President Obama was featured on the list of Biggest Political Whoppers of 2016 for claiming his administration, "fired a whole bunch of people who were in charge of some of these facilities,” involved in the wait-times scandal at the VA.

Fired Over VA Wait Times - FactCheck.org

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The VA overspends millions of YOUR tax dollars on unjustified bonuses for their employees.

“Clearly, the judgement of VA leaders is clouded by their continual obsession with cash bonuses, awards and incentives for employees even in the face of ongoing scandals plaguing the agency." - House VA Committee Chairman, Jeff Miller

Report: VA employees received millions of dollars in unjustified incentives

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The Overwatch | No surprise here. Leadership STILL lacking at the Phoenix VA, according to its employees.

"Senior leadership at the Phoenix VA has been a problem since the wait list scandal broke in 2014. Since then there have been seven directors of this facility, several with checkered pasts at the VA..." #VAaccountability

Survey of Phoenix VA employees finds leadership is still lacking - Concerned Veterans for America

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