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 TrumpHomeland Dems to DHS: Don’t appoint Sheriff David Clarke White House sends Callista Gingrich nomination to the Senate Trump touts approval rating from conservative pollster 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 McCainOvernight Cybersecurity: Senate Intel chiefs get subpoena power in Russia probe | Trump orders probe of leaks | Lawmaker unveils 'hacking back' bill Senators rip billion Army 'debacle' American influence does not depend on intervention 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.”