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Does the VA receive enough funding to accomplish its mission?

Yes18 %18 %18 % 18.52 % (25)
No71 %71 %71 % 71.11 % (96)
I do not know6 %6 %6 % 6.67 % (9)
I have no opinion1 %1 %1 % 1.48 % (2)
Other, please list in comments2 %2 %2 % 2.22 % (3)

Total votes: 135
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Re: Does the VA receive enough funding to accomplish its mis
by Anonymous
on Apr 24, 2004

I bet that the VA always has had sufficient funds, to be efficient and effective ... you don't get good stewards of the public trust, you get bureaucratic empire builders. Why add to there honey pot of waste on travel, training, conventions, middle management, redundant reports, underused buildings (if used at all) ... get some effiecient and down to earth leaders in that organization ... preferably, Veterans.


Re: Does the VA receive enough funding to accomplish its mis
by Anonymous
on Apr 26, 2004

I think you hit the nail on the head ! If the truth was known, the head indian of the VA is a presidental appointee. He probably brought 50, friends and relatives with him to the honey pot. If more money was spent of the veteran, instead of kick backs from Dell, Ford Motor Company, and Phizer Inc. But, the US Government has always run on graft, spreading the gravy around, and being kind to the biggest campaign support.


Re: Does the VA receive enough funding to accomplish its mis
by Anonymous
on Apr 30, 2004
Well I don't know too much about other VA's but I us the one in Lebanon PA. But they seem to have enough money for everything but the Vets. They recently made at least made 2 computer system changes, remodled some areas and put a multi million dollar opening on the main entrance. Take from it what you will. They are saving most of their money shiftting everything to out-patient care, which is highly understaffed. A new patient has a 6 month wait for a psych appointment. I could go on and on but I think you get my point.
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Re: Does the VA receive enough funding to accomplish its mis
by Anonymous
on May 02, 2004

yes it does. there is so much waisted that why they are short funds, cut out the waist like valet parking, $1,500 for a trash can. yes there is more than enought if it was spent in the right area.


Re: Does the VA receive enough funding to accomplish its mis
by Anonymous
on May 02, 2004
Examples here don't surprise me a bit ... I think the Hospital end of the VA should've drifted towards a voucher system decades ago ... after some screening ... next stop, a private sector hospital with the backing of vouchers.

I can't imagine how much is waisted on VA Hospital grounds keeping, and building maintenance, telecommunications, "security guards," Middle and Upper Mgmt bullcrap (e.g. meetings, studies, travel ... ), absentism/poor moral ...

Voucher ... and shift savings over to an increase in Educational benefits, or mid-life reducation/training, and house purchasing, etc.. Why not ?

Re: Does the VA receive enough funding to accomplish its mis
by Anonymous
on May 05, 2004
I think you hit the nail on the head; how much money is spent on upper management, as compared to the veteran that lost his leg, his hand, or his mind.

VA should spend its money on the Vet, not on management.

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