Thanksgiving message from VA secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin


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As Americans across the nation celebrate Thanksgiving this week, I am most grateful and thankful for our country’s Veterans and their families. I am also thankful that we have dedicated employees who are providing care and helping Veterans secure hard-earned benefits.

Honoring our history and traditions through President Lincoln’s timeless words, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan,” we are proud to serve all Veterans, including women Veterans and Veteran families.

President Trump has made clear since taking office that VA has one purpose and that is to care and provide for those who have served our country so well in uniform. Under the President’s leadership, and with strong support from members of Congress, we have made strides to improve VA at every level.

While much work remains, our efforts to improve care and services represent the nation’s unending thanks to our Veterans.

I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you and your families enjoy this great American tradition.

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David Shulkin

Dr. David J. Shulkin is the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Prior to his confirmation on Feb. 13, 2017, Dr. Shulkin served as VA’s Under Secretary for Health for 18 months, leading the nation’s largest integrated health care system, with over 1,700 sites of care serving nearly nine million Veterans.

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  1. Gary A. Baker    

    As an RVN vet, myself, I direct my compliments of thanks to the VAMC (Memphis) and to Dyersburg, TN.
    I reside 105 / 27miles away, but find their caring services invaluable.

  2. Saul Goldfarb    

    I’m not sure if Secretary Dr. Shulkin will see this but if you do there is a very huge problem here in the Philippines
    with the current clinic manager of the Manila VAMC OPC. I AM A 70% TDIU Army Veteran Service connected for PTSD. As you are aware there are from what I’ve heard over
    30,000 of our U S Military Veterans residing throughout the Philippines myself included among them. This clinic
    manager is discriminating and denying urgent life saving medical care to myself and probably many other Veterans here in the Philippines like myself. She even bragged to me in front of my wife and my wife’s aunt about how another
    veteran had a similar condition to me that she also refused care to that eventually died because of her refusal to treat him. I don’t know of any other veterans besides this one who died because of her refusal to treat, but in my opinion even one is too many. She is also leaning on an old law that was written in 2012 by your predecessor that actually expired on 31/July/2017 and as far as I know a new law hasn’t been enacted to replace the law she keeps citing. Either you yourself or someone from your office needs to come here personally and investigate this VAMC in Manila and fix it so that all U S Military Veterans residing in the Philippines receive all V A medical care that they have earned. If you need more information feel free at any time to Email me.

  3. Timothy E. Chapman    

    My name is Specialist Timothy Chapman. I have noticed that I am able to see a doctor soooner now either at the Va in Nashville Tn. Or closer to home thru the Triwest. Keep up the great work. There is a Dr Sharon Barwise she is a Psychiatrist. She is THE VERY BEST DOCTOR I’ve ever been too. If your doctor is not doing their job calll an get a appointment with her. She is worth driving 6 hours too see.

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