By Steve Walsh, Patricia Murphy, Stephan Bisaha, & Quil Lawrence

January 31, 2017




Before they get to work on reforming the U.S. Department of Veterans

Affairs, Congress and the White House might want to take a closer look at

the last time they tried it - a $16 billion fix called the Veterans Choice

and Accountability Act of 2014, designed to get veterans medical care more



NPR and local member stations have been following that money, including the

$10 billion for vets to get care outside the VA system. The Choice Act also

channeled about $2.5 billion for hiring more doctors, nurses and other

medical staff at VA medical centers.