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Illustration on treatment of soldiers who don't lionize Sgt. Bergdahl by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Brookings institution senior fellow Dr. Clifford Winston testifies in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during a hearing on the rollout of HealthCare.gov at the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 4, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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The Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz., where records were reportedly falsified to mask the backlog of veterans waiting for appointments for needed medical care. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow)

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Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, has his own bill, but it would make broader changes such as expanded access to alternative medicine and changes to GI Bill benefits. (Associated Press)

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FILE - This May 8, 2014 file photo shows Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate has confirmed Burwell as the nation’s new health secretary and steward of the president’s health care law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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A presidential foundation and astute historians can do much to guard the legacy of Ronald Reagan in a chaotic age. (Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation)

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Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, has his own bill, but it would make broader changes such as expanded access to alternative medicine and changes to GI Bill benefits. (Associated Press)

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Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican and three other GOP senators introduced bill Tuesday that would give veterans more flexibility to see a private doctor if they are forced to wait too long for an appointment at a Veterans Affairs hospital or clinic.

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Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing as the panel seeks reassurances about problems with the debut of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans on the committee emphasized their longstanding criticism of the law, citing examples of cancellations and increased costs while raising questions about cyber-security for healthcare.gov. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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** FILE ** John Kerry salutes as he accepts the Democratic nomination for president at the 2004 Democratic Convention held in Boston. His campaign was hampered by fellow veterans, the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth," who questioned some of the claims he made about his time in service during Vietnam. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** John Kerry salutes as he accepts the Democratic nomination for president at the 2004 Democratic Convention held in Boston. His campaign was hampered by fellow veterans, the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth," who questioned some of the claims he made about his time in service during Vietnam. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 15, 2014, during the committee's hearing to examine the state of Veterans Affairs health care. (Associated Press)

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki pauses as he speaks at a meeting of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Washington. President Barack Obama says he plans to have a "serious conversation" with Shinseki about whether he can stay in his job. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe appears with lieutenant governor candidate state Sen. Ralph Northam (right) and attorney general candidate Sen. Mark Herring (left) at a breakfast campaign event in Richmond on Wednesday, a day after the party’s primary. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, California Republican and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has included in the defense budget an order for the Army to consider ready-made systems for processing battlefield data. (Associated Press)

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Capt. Mike Gongol helped to land a Boeing 737 at an Omaha, Nebraska airport last December after the pilot suffered a heart attack. (U.S. Air Force)

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Capt. Mark Gongol, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron assistant director of operations at Fort Carson. (U.S. Air Force)

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Capt. Mark Gongol, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron assistant director of operations at Fort Carson. (U.S. Air Force)

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Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz), left, speaks as Sen. Jeff Flake, (R-Ariz.), right, leaves a news conference on Capitol Hill after introducing the Veterans Choice Act, which would provide veterans "with greater flexibility and choice in health care providers and increasing accountability and transparency at the VA, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), pictured, at a press conference with Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), and Sen. Jeff Flake, (R-Ariz.) on Capitol Hill to introduce the Veterans Choice Act, which would provide veterans "with greater flexibility and choice in health care providers and increasing accountability and transparency at the VA, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)