We can do better by our veterans

There are big problems at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which is under renewed scrutiny for incurring nearly $1 billion in cost overruns during construction of a new VA hospital in Aurora.

Nearly a year ago, then-Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amid a scandal over veterans care. An investigation revealed evidence that at least 110 VA facilities kept secret lists to hide long waits.

Congress set up a $5 billion fund to make the agency more efficient and to resolve issues arising from the scandal. But the VA’s request to use $830 million of that money to finish the half-built hospital in Aurora has re-ignited a firestorm of criticism about institutional incompetence at the agency.


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    There are big problems at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which is under renewed scrutiny for incurring nearly $1 billion in cost overruns during construction of a new VA hospital in Aurora.  … more

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