Sign the Veteran's Bill of Rights
BY AFFIRMING THE VETERANS’ BILL OF RIGHTS, MEMBERS ARE NOT PLEDGING SUPPORT FOR SPECIFIC LEGISLATION, BUT RATHER ARE MAKING A STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLE FOR ACTIONS TO BE TO BE TAKEN IN SUPPORT OF OUR AMERICAN VETERANS. THE BILL OF RIGHTS CONSISTS OF FOUR PILLARS:

I. VETERANS ARE A TOP PRIORITY

We affirm that American Veterans are a top priority for the nation’s policy agenda.

II. VETERANS DESERVE TIMELY ANSWERS

The VA has long obfuscated the real average wait time on responding to disability claims. We affirm the wait time for veterans filing a claim should be no more than the goal the VA set for itself: 125 days.

III. NEGOTIATION IN VA PROCUREMENT SERVICES

An extensive GAO investigation found that the VA procurement system is wasting billions of dollars of the taxpayers’ money. The VA was found to spend $7 billion in issuing over 130,000 purchase orders for which there was no negotiation of services for competitive rates. 70% of the purchase orders had no vendors’ names. We affirm that the VA should negotiate for its procurement services.


IV. VA COLLECTION OF INSURANCE FEES

Several GAO and VAIG investigations into billing and collecting processes showed that the VA failed to collect a staggering amount of money over time from insurance companies. “Inadequate management and little or no oversight” resulted in coding errors and outright failures to follow up on collections said the original GAO report, which found there are “no policies or procedures for oversight” at the $140 billion agency. We affirm that the VA should collect on all possible past and ongoing insurance fees owed its agency.

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