CVA to Secretary McDonald: Walk The Walk
Arlington, Va. – VA Secretary Robert McDonald on Monday outlined a plan, titled “The Road to Veterans Day,” consisting of three separate strategies for the next 60 days to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs and better serve veterans.
The three strategies presented include 1) rebuilding trust with veterans and other stakeholders; 2) improving service delivery, focusing on veteran outcomes, access, and care; and 3) setting a course for long term excellence at the VA.
Darin Selnick, Senior VA Advisor for Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), issued the following statement:
“Concerned Veterans for America is glad that Secretary McDonald recognizes the need for more transparency within the VA, more protections for whistleblowers, and better relations between Congress, the media, and the VA. However, we have continuously heard over the last six months that the VA is working to improve these in these areas, yet nothing has substantially changed within the department’s broken culture. While the lack of progress so far is unacceptable, we hope that with this new plan, Secretary McDonald will prove that he can walk the walk and deliver on his promises to America’s heroes.
“We appreciate Secretary McDonald’s show of commitment by visiting veterans across the country, but the road to reform will be a long one. CVA is still concerned that he does not fully grasp the scale of misconduct within the VA and is not willing to restructure how the VA delivers care and benefits to our veterans. Real VA reform will invite resistance from bureaucrats and some veterans’ service organizations, but we hope Secretary McDonald will put the outcome of veterans before the interests of a sprawling and self-serving bureaucracy. If he does, we will stand with him.”
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