Veterans group pans Trump’s ‘unserious’ VA plan

Veterans group pans Trump’s ‘unserious’ VA plan
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A veterans advocacy group is criticizing the plan to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released by Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE.

Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) said the plan was “heavy of rhetoric, light on specifics” in a statement on Saturday.

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“While Donald Trump rightly proposes more health care choices for veterans and long-overdue accountability for bad VA employees, his ‘plan’ is painfully thin on specifics about how he would implement those principles,” CVA CEO Pete Hegseth said in the statement.

The group said Trump’s plan to reduce protracted delays at VA clinics is “very similar to the same old song and dance of dumping more money into the VA” without “fundamentally restructuring” it.

“Just like the current VA secretary, Robert McDonald, Trump uses many of the right buzzwords around VA reform, but his actual plan largely doubles down on the failed VA health care system,” the statement continued.

CVA also criticized the GOP presidential hopeful for attacking Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts The VA's woes cannot be pinned on any singular administration Overnight Defense: Mattis offers support for Iran deal | McCain blocks nominees over Afghanistan strategy | Trump, Tillerson spilt raises new questions about N. Korea policy MORE (R-Ariz.), a Navy veteran and Vietnam prisoner of war.

“It’s unfortunate that Donald Trump would release this unserious plan after spending months talking about the VA, even stooping to the level of attacking VA reform leaders like Senator John McCain – a man who has consistently taken the lead in reforming and fixing the VA,” the statement said.

Trump vowed to reform the VA on Tuesday in a speech directed America’s current and retired military personnel.

“What’s going on is incredible,” he said, standing in front of the USS Iowa battleship. “I am with the veterans 100 percent. They are our greatest people [and] they are being treated terribly.”