On August 10, VA Secretary Bob McDonald spoke via video to the AMVETS National Convention in Reno, Nevada.
In speaking with AMVETS, McDonald highlighted the importance of Veterans service organizations in working for the nation’s Veterans.
“AMVET’s united front with other Veterans service organizations is critical to Veterans First,” McDonald said. “That bipartisan omnibus includes many of the legislative solutions for Veterans that we’ve been after, and nine of our top legislative priorities.”
McDonald also pointed out that when he became secretary, he traveled across the country, meeting with Veterans and VSOs to help develop the MyVA transformation that is now underway across the department.
“Across 23 cities, I consulted thousands of Veterans, VA employees, other stakeholders, and VSO leaders—AMVETS among them,” McDonald explained. “We talked about how to shape our MyVA transformation strategy so VA would best serve Veterans. I tell you this because it’s important you understand: this isn’t my strategy, it’s yours. It’s not about me, it’s about all of you. It reflects your ideals, your insights, and your innovations.”
Chartered by Congress in 1948, AMVETS has more than 250,000 members today and is a leading advocate for America’s Veterans.
Watch the video below for the Secretary’s full remarks.