Trump has said from the beginning that he would use his outstanding ability to see talent to make his cabinet picks. The man he has chosen to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs is David Shulkin. He has a proven record for doing just what the VA needs.
The Hill reports:
Trump’s surprise VA pick known as turnaround artist
President-elect Donald Trump surprised many when he chose one of President Obama’s appointees to run the Department of Veterans Affairs after pledging to overhaul the department during the campaign.
But the nominee, current under secretary of health David Shulkin, has a long history in the private sector turning around struggling hospitals.
Veterans groups called the choice a pleasant surprise, as they say Shulkin has overseen a turnaround in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and resisted calls for privatizing the federal system.
“While our membership has been clear in its preference to have a veteran leading the VA, I am heartened by the fact that Dr. Shulkin seems to legitimately ‘get it,’ ” AMVETS Executive Director Joe Chenelly said in a statement this week. “Even as the undersecretary for VHA, Dr. Shulkin has continued to personally see patients in an admirable effort to stay in touch with veterans and caregivers.”
Let’s hope Mr. Shulkin can do a great job and turn the VA around.
Our veterans deserve so much better than what they’ve been getting.