Politicians in both parties have dropped the ball when it comes to taking care of our veterans for years and years now. The VA has been a disaster and there’s absolutely no excuse for that. Our veterans are entitled to access to the best healthcare whenever they want it for as long as they want it for no cost. That’s the least we can do for them and yet politicians continue to break promises to them.
President Trump has been different. He promised to make things better and he’s made many moves to back up that talk from the campaign trail.
Here’s the latest example.
Believe it or not, the Department of Veterans Affairs has 430 medical professionals who, instead of performing their duties as nurses or doctors, spend some or all of their time working for their federal employees unions.
All of that happens on the taxpayers’ dime.
Not anymore, according to the VA’s recent announcement.
As of Nov. 15, the VA will repudiate part of its master collective-bargaining agreement. In particular, it will eliminate all forms of taxpayer-funded “official time” for its roughly 104,000 Title 38 medical profession employees.
According to the Federal Labor Relations Authority, official time is that in which “an employee’s activities are not directed by the agency, but for which an employee is nevertheless entitled to compensation from the agency.”
You probably won’t hear about this on CNN and if you do they will probably have some angle about how this is a bad thing because it hurts unions or something.
Getting the VA on track will not be easy. It will take time. But, Trump has been doing a solid job so far trying to eliminate the red tape.