Retired Army Col. Mike Weaver, who is mayor of Radcliff, Ky., joined “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” on Thursday to talk about why the Veterans Administration is failing to provide health care to so many veterans.
“I spent two years in a combat zone, and I am very familiar with what it’s like to carry a wounded soldier off the battlefield,” said Weaver, who fought in the Vietnam War. “And I am very familiar with the kind of care that those soldiers are going to need for the rest of their life.”
The VA is wasting funding “dedicated to the veteran” due to fraud, waste and inefficiency, Weaver explained. “No one is held accountable for this.”
As an example of VA waste, Weaver talked about a hospital that was supposed to be built in Louisville to provide health care for veterans. The project has been going on for more than a decade, and an inspector general found that the VA likely paid at least $3 million too much for the property. Weaver advocated for a public-private partnership for VA projects and warned that heavy-handed government will only result in more wasted spending.