Contact: John Hoellwarth
National Communications Director
AMVETS (American Veterans)
AMVETS National Headquarters, April 24, 2018 – Serious and disturbing allegations now threatening to derail the confirmation of Dr. Ronny Jackson, President Trump’s choice for Veterans Affairs secretary, now represent the latest in an excruciating series of recent events that continue to undermine the best interests of veterans.
“No matter whether these allegations against Dr. Jackson prove true or false, whether they continue to delay his confirmation indefinitely or sink it altogether, it’s the latest in a chain of unforced errors for which veterans are continuing to pay the price,” said AMVETS National Executive Director Joe Chenelly. “Veterans are losing six different ways right now, from all directions, and it’s discouragingly unclear why this keeps happening or what might make it stop.”
It was a mistake to fire David Shulkin to start, neutralizing the progress he was making at VA for those who depend on it with their lives. That mistake hurt veterans and continues to work against the Administration.
Further depriving the VA of any continuity of leadership by inexplicably passing over a competent, experienced and proven deputy VA secretary was also a confusing and troubling move that defies veterans’ best interests.
“There is also nothing but downside for veterans in prolonging the uncertain period between permanent secretaries,” Chenelly said. “Veterans deserve and need a stable VA with leaders properly vetted and confirmed.”
AMVETS is the nation’s most inclusive Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization. It is open to and fights for all veterans who served honorably, including reservists & guardsmen. AMVETS has been a nonpartisan advocate for veterans and their families for more than 70 years. amvets.org