On Sunday, September 30, 2018, President Donald Trump, along with Vice President Mike Pence, attended the official opening of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) in Washington, D.C. Trump, Vice President Pence, and Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning are featured prominently on the opening ceremony, which was followed by a reception honoring veterans.
During the event, the Vice President stated that “there’s no better way to show our appreciation to the Veterans than by having them wear our clothing.”
“As you know, we’ve been struggling for decades to provide better care for our veterans, and I know firsthand that it takes a team to do that.
So today, I’m here to announce that the Veterans Affairs Department is working with the Department [of Homeland Security] and the Department’s National Guard to provide veterans with discounted clothing and shoes at VA’s Veterans Affairs Medical Centers,” the Vice-President said.
Trump’s comments on veterans wearing discounted clothing to the opening of a VA Office of Veterans Services (VAOV) office in Washington were met with applause from the crowd.
The event was organized by the Office of the Veterans Service Commissioner, which works to provide a more professional and transparent VAOV office experience for VA veterans.
The Office of The Veterans Service Commissioners is the largest and most important component of the VAOVT, and its work is essential to our success,” the Office’s spokesperson, Jennifer P. Pomeranz, told Breitbart News.
The Veterans Affairs Office of Veteran Affairs Office, located at the VA Medical Center, has long been a point of contention between VA leadership and its veterans, many of whom have questioned the VA’s commitment to its veterans and their families.
As Breitbart News reported earlier this year, the VA Office is the first Veterans Service Administration (VSA) office to have been created by the Trump administration, and it was also the first VSA office to receive a $2.4 billion loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
In September 2018, Trump ordered the VA to close VAOVA offices that were operating in areas of the country where they had not been able to adequately meet the needs of their veterans.
Trump also announced that the VA would be expanding its outreach efforts to serve veterans who had been denied VA care.
In response to the closure of VAOVR offices, several veterans groups and local organizations protested the closures, including the National Guard and the National Association of County and City Employees (NACCOE).
The closure of these VAOVD offices has been met with opposition from the VA leadership, which claimed that VAOVEH and VAOVG were the only two VA offices that met the needs and priorities of veterans, rather than other VA offices.
In an interview with The New York Times in February 2019, the VVAOVEHR Director of Services, Lt.
“If we don’t do this, the entire VVAOSOV program will fail. “
I believe we are the only one,” Della said.
“If we don’t do this, the entire VVAOSOV program will fail.
And if we don, the whole VAOSG program will be lost.
If we fail, I will be the last person in the VA.”
The OIG’s Office of General Counsel, James W. Gorman, also stated in the interview that VAOSOG, which operates VAOVI, “is the only office in the country that is a ‘vital’ part of our VA mission and we’re the only entity that has the expertise to meet the VA mission.”
“The VAOVOVEH Office has served our veterans in the same way the OGA did for our military families, providing an array of VA services and information to their veterans that they were never able to receive or access,” Gorman said.
“The OGA has done everything in its power to assist our veterans with VA services, including providing discounted clothing for their visits to VAOVERV, but this has not been possible until the OOG has given us the resources and expertise to provide discounted service to our veterans.”
The VA Office has struggled to fulfill the needs for veterans, as the OAG has failed to keep pace with VAOSV’s growth, and has not kept pace with the VAOPH, which has grown from $6.2 billion in fiscal 2018 to $18.3 billion in 2019.
The OAG and the VA OPS are now working together to try and keep pace.
“It is imperative that we all have the resources, the expertise, and the ability to deliver quality VA services,” Golan told the Times.
“We must take a fresh look at our VAOPG to make sure it continues to meet our needs and to provide timely, effective VA services to our Veterans.”