Show of hands, how many folks on hearing about about the "VA scandal" immediately concluded: we need to throw a bunch of money at this?
Personally, I figured the VA was just an exponentially enlarged version of your everyday DMV, such that if there's not an official action box in which to file such-and-such document (of which there are a thousand varieties), the document gets filed in a does-not-compute box. Dead end for you, and your tag/title application, and your ruptured spleen, you miserable plebe.
By my thinking, a single dime that goes anywhere near the VA bureaucracy is pissed away. On the other hand, I might be persuaded to accept that there's a shortage of actual professionals. But that said, 17 Billion Dollars could get you 17,000 doctors and nurses and radiation techs and anesthetists at 1 million apiece.
Reminds me of, what?...