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The VA Could Have Spent $543 Million on Veterans But Didn’t

The incompetence of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) strikes again.

This time, bureaucrats mismanaged $543 million of funds so they could NOT be spent on veterans.

Genius.

The Daily Caller reports:

A report from the Veteran Affairs’ Office of the Inspector General released Tuesday details how the VA over-obligated $543 million for non-VA care that due to federal spending laws were not allowed to be spent on veterans. The “Non-VA Care” (NVC) program is designed to help veterans who cannot easily access VA facilities. The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 separated NVC funding from other VA medical appropriations effectively causing the over-obligated funds to not be used for any purpose.

The estimated NVC costs per veteran in 2013 was $4,515, meaning if the VA had reduced the over-obligation of funds from 29 percent to just 10 percent, it would have freed enough money, $358 million, to fund non-VA care for nearly 80,000 veterans who were experiencing delays in receiving care.

The punchline? The VA is asking Congress for $1.3 billion more because they don’t have enough funding.

Why do we keep rewarding the VA for bad behavior? These bureaucrats need to be fired and replaced with people who are actually committed to helping our veterans.

 

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with CloutHub.com, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a BlazeTV.com host, Outreach Director with FreedomWorks.org overseeing its Empower.org outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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