CVA Statement on Confirmation of Secretary Shulkin
Arlington, VA – Tonight the Senate voted to confirm Dr. David Shulkin as the next Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Concerned Veterans for America Policy Director Dan Caldwell issued the following response:
“We are encouraged that throughout this nomination process, Dr. Shulkin has acknowledged systemic failures within the VA and the need for transformational reforms to fix them. We look forward to partnering with Secretary Shulkin to bring real accountability to the VA and to empower veterans who wish to use their benefits to access care in the private sector. We remain optimistic that Secretary Shulkin will embrace the bold reforms President Trump laid out on the campaign trail, so that American veterans will begin to see a more transparent, efficient, and customer-focused VA.”
Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) advocates for choice, accountability, and transparency at the VA. The group supports the Caring for our Heroes in the 21st Century Act, which would allow veterans to use their health care benefits at their discretion inside or outside the VA, as well as the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act, which would make it easier to fire bad VA employees. CVA also supports more robust transparency and regular data collection practices within the department.