The first thought I have, passing through the main entrance of the Georgia World Convention Center for the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Atlanta, is that I must be crazy, because I’m hearing voices. Well, a voice — a drawled, gravy-dipped bass that sounds distinctly like an enticement… or a threat.
On Thursday, in a short ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, before a crowd of soldiers and surrounded by key members of Congress, President Barack Obama signed the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014. This follows months of wrangling in Congress over desperately needed reforms in the face of the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal.
After weeks of bickering over competing versions of a bill to reform the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs, a compromise has been reached between the House and Senate veterans affairs committees --- just days before the August recess.