Grassley Seeks Answers on Why Department of Veterans Affairs Spent $20 Million on Art – Mix 107.3 KIOW
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today asked the Department of Veterans Affairs why it has spent $20 million on art in recent years, despite backlogs for patient care.
“The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was created with the aim of caring for those who have served to protect the United States, by honoring their faithful service and providing healthcare for the injuries sustained in that service. The funds that are given to the VA are intended to further this goal and ensure that our nation’s veterans are properly taken care of,” Grassley wrote to Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “Our veterans deserve the thanks of a grateful nation. Recent media reports have cast doubt on the VA’s focus on our veterans. Leaving hundreds of thousands of veterans on waitlists while spending so much money on artwork undermines the American people’s faith in the VA.”
Veterans Affairs Committee Restructured ⋆ Hudson Valley News Network
Poughkeepsie, NY– The Dutchess County Legislature’s Family & Human Services Committee unanimously approved a resolution Thursday to restructure and update the mission of the Dutchess County Legislature’s Veterans Affairs Committee. The committee had previously been charged with advising the County Legislature on legislative matters of interest to local veterans.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Blew $1.2 Million on Decorative Rock Sculptures – Hit & Run : Reason.com
As long waiting times and bureaucratic inertia left veterans unable to get medical care, the federal Department of Veteran’s Affairs was spending more than $1.2 million on a giant rock.
The “large decorative rock” outside the VA’s Palo Alto Health Care System cost $489,000. The VA also paid another $800,000 to prepare the site for the rock’s installation, according to a new report from Open The Books, a government spending watchdog.
That’s one of the more questionable purchases detailed in the new report, which looks at how the VA spent more than $20 million between 2004 and 2014 on luxury artwork.
Report: Veterans Affairs Drops $20 million on Art Collection
The federal Department of Veterans Affairs blew through at least $20 million during a decade when the veterans seeking care, including aging veterans of World War II and military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, were shunted aside and performance audits were altered and forged, so that VA employees qualified for performance bonuses.
Congress wrestles with providing fertility benefits for injured veterans and servicemembers – The Washington Post
This was the year the government was going to start helping injured veterans and members of the military maintain their ability to start families by offering unprecedented fertility preservation programs.
In January, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the Pentagon would soon launch a pilot program to help active-duty servicemembers freeze their eggs and sperm, as a precautionary measure to ensure soldiers who suffer fertility-ending injuries can still have children. Then last month, Congress took the unprecedented step of agreeing to overturn a longtime ban against covering in vitro fertilization treatments for veterans whose ability to have children was compromised by injuries suffered in the line of duty.
Governor Baker signs legislation supporting veterans’ benefits and housing – Sampan.org
BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker was joined by active duty service members and veterans of the United States Armed Services, Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Veterans’ Services Francisco Ureña and members of the legislature as he signed An Act relative to housing, operations, military service, and enrichment, (H. 4285) or “The HOME Act,” into law. The omnibus legislation provides additional support for members of the Armed Services, veterans, gold star families, and the Commonwealth’s two Soldiers’ Homes.
“We are grateful to the brave men and women who have answered the call for our nation and Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am honored to sign this legislation enhancing the services Massachusetts provides to those active service members, veterans and families who selflessly serve to secure our safety and freedom.”