VA: The Human Cost of War
Explore the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs, from the troubled beginnings of the Veterans Bureau of 1920s to the modern VA system. Learn details of this vast, crucial American institution: its successes, failures and need for reforms.
Beto O’Rourke, U.S. Representative, Texas’ 16th District and Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, hosts a Town Hall meeting with veterans in El Paso, Texas. After knocking on thousands of doors during his campaign, he discovered that veterans across his district were experiencing long wait times at the VA. Veterans issues then became a central tenant of his platform.
Scott Davis, VA Whistleblower, describes the report issued on September 2, 2015 by the Inspector General Linda Halliday. The report revealed thousands of shredded documents and unprocessed applications or VA healthcare. Many veterans died before VA processed their requests for care.
Carlos Villasenor, Sergeant U.S. Marine Corps, Ret., recounts his experience seeking mental health care at the VA. His appointment was abruptly cancelled and never rescheduled. When he attempted to reach the mental health clinic to get more information, he was hung up on.