It struck me as I read the testimony and then heard most of you give your verbal testimonies is that what we've really got is we've got two entities looking at different things. We've got private sector faith-based organizations who seem to look at a veteran that's homeless from the point of view of what they can do to effect the rest of their lives. And we've got a VA who's focused on what the crisis du jour is today -- somewhat ignorant of what tomorrow has in store. And I think it gets to some degree what the IG's report identified. And I think there's a deep willingness on the part of this Committee to try to bring these two things into one alignment.
It's Ranking Member Richard Burr!!!!!
I like Senator Burr (as I've noted before). And I've missed him. (His father passed away in July and he went through with all his scheduled appointments and tasks but I think he had a hard time coming back from Christnas. He's now survived both parents.)
So I was just happy to see him today.
Impression of the hearing?
I think it was a waste.
Not because of anything the senators or witnesses said. C.I.'s documented how the VA bases their count of homelessness and that count needs to be fixed. (Senator Scott Brown raised that issue and questioned the numbers.) But until you have the hard data, you really can't do any long-range planning.
Clowing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"