Oh, I am all for helping out down-and-out veterans and honoring the service of all, especially the combat veterans. But the pandering is expensive.
And also expensive -- and inefficient.
We have never spent more on the VA and received less. The agency is big and bureaucratic and not serving those who need medical attention.
But don't just blame the bureaucracy.
Did John McCain raise holy hell about the VA medical facility in Phoenix -- in his "home" state -- where veterans died awaiting an appointment?
And will McCain or anyone else in Congress help the VA close any of its 430 vacant buildings, many of which were built in the 1920s?
From the Associated Press:
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says his department is seeking to close perhaps more than 1,100 VA facilities nationwide as it develops plans to allow more veterans to receive medical care in the private sector.
At a House hearing Wednesday, Shulkin said the VA had identified more than 430 vacant buildings and 735 that he described as underutilized, costing the federal government $25 million a year. He said the VA would work with Congress in prioritizing buildings for closure and was considering whether to follow a process the Pentagon had used in recent decades to decide which of its underused military bases to shutter, known as Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC.
"Whether BRAC is a model that we should take a look, we're beginning that discussion with members of Congress," Shulkin told a House appropriations subcommittee. "We want to stop supporting our use of maintenance of buildings we don't need, and we want to reinvest that in buildings we know have capital needs."
In an internal agency document obtained by The Associated Press, the VA pointed to aging buildings it was reviewing for possible closure that would cost millions of dollars to replace. It noted that about 57 percent of all VA facilities were more than 50 years old. Of the 431 VA buildings it said were vacant, most were built 90 or more years ago, according to agency data. The VA document did not specify the locations.Just as with closing antiquated military facilities, or closing little used post offices, every congressman will fight for the empty building in his district.
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