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Advocacy Update – August 2014

Advocacy Update – August 2014

Advocates, July was our second-busiest month so far this year. March is hard to beat on the busy scale! With the August recess now upon us, we worked hard both on and off the Hill this July to let elected officials know how important it is that they support our legislative goals. Although everyone takes a break from the Hill in August, things won’t be slowing down for us! GET LOUD, GET LOCAL! THE AUGUST RECESS CHALLENGE We’re challenging our advocates to have 31 congressional meetings in 31 days! Each year in August, your elected officials pack their DC bags and head home to their districts. This is the perfect opportunity

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Delays in VA Affect Colon and Rectal Cancer Patients

by Emily White, Advocacy Manager THE ISSUE - THE VA SCANDAL In May 2014, watchdog media released information regarding extreme negligence within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The scandal broke national headlines after information regarding secret lists and delayed care within Arizona’s VA system was released. An article published by NBC on May 9 stated, “Hospital whistleblowers have said that administrators at the Phoenix facility, trying to improve their performance record, ordered that thousands of appointment requests be diverted to a secret, unofficial list of veterans awaiting appointments. If the patients died, their names would simply disappear, the whistleblower said.”[1] Read the NBC article DELAYS IN VA GO FAR BEYOND ARIZONA

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