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Obama is set to nominate former CEO of Proctor & Gamble, Robert A. McDonald, for the next secretary of Veterans Affairs. He will be replacing Eric Shinseki, since Shinseki resigned not long ago amid the weight of a healthcare scandal. Actually, he will be replacing interim VA secretary Sloan Gibson technically. How do you think McDonald will do? Anyone have any opinion on this guy?
The VA is a complete mess and one of the most maddening aspects of our society, to my mind. Whatever you think of our military and our wars and battles overseas (believe me I have negative opinions to fill a room full), the lack of quality care our veterans get when they come back home is a mismanaged disgrace of the worst order.
Backlogs, back pay, claim denials, people dying from unbelievably long wait lists for proper care, untreated PTSD, homelessness... the list goes on and on. With the billions, nay trillions that we as a country spend on war, a top priority for everyone should be to take care of the men and women that do go into any kind of combat zone. Its literally the least we could do for them, and it really is sad that the Department of Veteran Affairs has been so terrible at it.
I hope Robert McDonald is a marked improvement. They say he went to West Point. They say he is ideal for the position because he ran one of the largest businesses in the world. That's what they say anyways. But, don't forget, Shinseki was a 4-star general, and he failed.