“Veterans are the only ones who really know what it means to stand on that dangerous ground between freedom and tyranny,” VA Secretary Bob McDonald told the crowd assembled at the 117th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention this morning in Charlotte.
In addressing the convention, McDonald highlighted the progress VA is making on transforming the department to better serve Veterans.
“Can the Department of Veterans Affairs be fixed? Can it be transformed?” McDonald asked. “The answer is yes. Absolutely. Not only can it be transformed, transformation is well underway and we’re already seeing results.”
McDonald highlighted changes in leadership at VA — both internal and external — since he joined the department. “Changing VA means changing leadership,” he said. “Thirteen of our top 18 executives are new since I became secretary.” Eight of those new leaders are also Veterans.
The work of the MyVA Advisory Committee and the partnerships VA has forged with public and private sector organizations have also impacted VA’s transformation. “New leadership, innovative collaboration, expanded partnerships — all of that matters. These are powerful, productive partnerships for Veterans” at the federal, state and grass-roots level, McDonald explained.
For more of McDonald’s speech to the VFW, including progress VA is making on access to health care, the claims backlog and ending Veterans homelessness, watch the full remarks.