Earlier today, Sec. Bob McDonald spoke with reporters and answered several questions. Here is his statement to Veterans:
“While I was in Los Angeles engaging a homeless man to determine his Veteran status, I asked the man where he had served in the military.
He responded that he had served in Special Forces. In an attempt to connect with that Veteran to make him feel comfortable, I incorrectly stated that I, too, had been in Special Forces. That was wrong. I have no excuse.
I have great respect for those who have served our nation in Special Forces. They, and all Veterans, deserve a Department of Veterans Affairs that provides them the care and benefits they have earned.
We at VA are working to restore trust. Again, I apologize to those who may have been offended by my misstatement. We remain very focused on continuing our progress to better serve Veterans.”