One year ago, on October 1, 2013, the federal government shut down. For 16 days, tens of millions of Americans were left in limbo, not least our veterans. While a shutdown has been averted this year, veterans must be protected from this toxic cycle of political gridlock. The VA health care access crisis was a long time in the making. Years of inadequate funding, budget gimmickry and intentional delays in passing appropriations bills stretched the VA’s capacity past the breaking point while the demand for resources continued to grow. America’s veterans deserve better. Join DAV as we urge federal legislators and candidates to pledge their support for key reforms, starting with an end to VA budget delays.