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Berglass: Time to let the private sector help in the care of troubled veterans

My CNAS colleague Nancy Berglass has a good new study on how we need to bring together the efforts of the Defense Department, the VA and the non-profit sector: The U.S. government can draw upon an emerging network of nongovernmental organizations to form a model of public-private partnerships that will greatly enhance the care and ...

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MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

My CNAS colleague Nancy Berglass has a good new study on how we need to bring together the efforts of the Defense Department, the VA and the non-profit sector:

The U.S. government can draw upon an emerging network of nongovernmental organizations to form a model of public-private partnerships that will greatly enhance the care and services provided to those who have served the nation.

There are a lot of private outfits that want to help, she notes:

My CNAS colleague Nancy Berglass has a good new study on how we need to bring together the efforts of the Defense Department, the VA and the non-profit sector:

The U.S. government can draw upon an emerging network of nongovernmental organizations to form a model of public-private partnerships that will greatly enhance the care and services provided to those who have served the nation.

There are a lot of private outfits that want to help, she notes:

By working largely within the confines of governmental structure, both DOD and VA fail to take advantage of private-sector resources. Both agencies could fulfill their missions more quickly, effectively and with a desperately needed personal touch by leveraging the exceptional promise of community partners to help them meet their charges.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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