During the current government shutdown, the Department of Veterans Affairs reportedly spent more than $1 million on television ads, including pricey commercials that are show during NFL games and the MLB playoffs.
The Daily Caller states that the money was reportedly spent on commercials that are currently airing, including "You Served, Let the VA Serve You" (video left).
The commercials have been airing while veterans have been denied access to the WWII Memorial and while families wait to hear when their much-needed death benefits will resume.
The Daily Caller reports House Committee on VA chairman Rep. Jeff Miller sent a letter on Oct. 9, 2013 to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki demanding information on all of advertising contracts from Sept. 9 through Oct. 13, 2013 "in the Washington, DC metro area alone."
"It has come to my attention that during the government shutdown, the Department of Veterans Affairs has continued to run a costly advertising campaign...according to information received from our initial investigation, it appears that VA spent more than $1 million on television advertisements from September 9th through October 13th, 2013, in the Washington DC metro area alone."
Rep Miller stated in his letter that he is wants to see "all advertisement contracts, including those for television, radio, internet, and print media, that obligate VA funds after September 30, 2013" and he requested "request delivery of this information within 30 days.”
The hefty purchase of television ads isn't the only big spending the VA is doing lately.
Freedom Outpost reports that the "VA purchased $562,000 worth of artwork in the week prior to the shutdown" and granted a "a $13.8 million contract to the public-relations firm Reingold & Associates for promotional services intended to increase enrollment in VA benefits."
On a more positive note, NBC News reported on Oct. 9 that President Barack Obama expects that the benefit payments that help military families plan funerals and travel to meet the bodies of fallen soldiers will be restored at some point on Wednesday.