President Donald Trump has signed another executive order aimed at helping U.S. veterans. The order creates a new office intended to protect whistleblowers in the Department of Veterans Affairs, which has been under fire after reports that veterans were dying while waiting for health care.
On Friday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson,” Dan Caldwell, director of policy for Concerned Veterans for America, joined Doc Thompson to talk about the new office and whether or not it will translate to real accountability in the VA.
“In the past this is what politicians like to do,” Doc noted. “They create commissions or new offices, thinking that this new office will have some sort of oversight. But unless you give them the authority to punish and hold people accountable, it’s just a waste of money and time.”
Caldwell said he was “optimistic” and agreed that real change is important. “This can work. … But the law has to change; it can’t just end with the signing ceremony that we had yesterday.”
Trump also recently signed an executive order expanding a program that allows veterans to go to private doctors instead of waiting on the VA. The program was first created in 2014 after reports that VA facilities around the country were covering up long wait times.