Concerned Veterans for America's Vets on the Hill 2014 initiative brought public officials face to face with VA reform advocates.
Clay Carver, of Baker, was among those who visited April 1-3 in Washington, D.C. for 200 targeted meetings with congressional members and staff.
The Capitol Hill push is the next step in CVA’s VA Accountability Project, an initiative launched in February to build the case for reform and greater accountability at VA.
"Poor management and a dysfunctional bureaucratic culture at the department have resulted in a massive backlog of veterans’ benefits claims, long waits for services and a rash of preventable illnesses and deaths at VA facilities," a CVA spokesperson said.
In recent weeks, the organization has also hosted several “National Days of Action,” calling on hundreds of volunteers to make thousands of phone calls and write letters urging Congress members to co-sponsor the VA Management Accountability Act of 2014.
In addition to VA accountability, the teams will emphasize the need for spending reform at the Department of Defense, addressing weaknesses in the military voting system and restraining national debt.
Carver is a U.S. Army and Navy veteran who served on the USS Kitty Hawk and the USS John F. Kennedy. He served four combat tours in Afghanistan and numerous deployments in the South American countries of Colombia and Ecuador.