VFW STATEMENT ON VA SECRETARY NOMINATION
Obama nominates Robert McDonald for VA Secretary
July 01, 2014
management and accountability are the only requirements the Veterans of Foreign
Wars of the United States has ever demanded from the Department of Veterans
Affairs,” said VFW National Commander William A. Thien.
VA is experiencing a crisis in care and confidence, and whoever is confirmed as
its secretary must immediately identify and fix what’s broken, hold employees
appropriately accountable to the fullest extent of the law, and do whatever is
necessary to restore the faith of veterans in their VA.
Robert McDonald’s experience leading complex organizations will be a plus,
since the VA is ultimately in the service industry and needs to be run like a
business. However, the VA is also unlike any organization in the private sector
because it’s led by political appointees in Washington but managed entirely by
federal civilians in the field. We need a VA secretary who can change an
organization with many internal loyalties into a culture where properly serving
America’s veterans becomes the only definition of mission success or failure.
The VFW hopes Mr. McDonald is up to that challenge, and we look forward to
working with him once he is confirmed.”
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