Whether you like President Trump or not, it’s hard to argue that he gets things done and that he is more open and transparent about the shakeups that go down in his administration than any previous sitting president.
Trump recently announced via Twitter that he was booting Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and replacing him with White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson.
The VA has been plagued with severe problems for many years, the most recent issue being absurdly long waiting times at veteran hospitals, causing some folks to die while waiting for treatment.
The Daily Wire is reporting:
Trump tweeted: “I am pleased to announce that I intend to nominate highly respected Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, MD, as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In the interim, Hon. Robert Wilkie of DOD will serve as Acting Secretary. I am thankful for Dr. David Shulkin’s service to our country and to our GREAT VETERANS!”
The Washington Times reports that hours prior to the announcement by Trump, a spokesman for Mr. Shulkin said “that there were ‘no personnel changes to announce’ at the agency, despite mounting reports that Mr. Trump was preparing to remove Mr. Shulkin.”
A Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report found that Shulkin intentionally lied to government ethics officials and then lied to investigators to cover up his misuse of government funds. The details of Shulkin’s misbehavior can be found here.
Jackson began his active duty naval service in 1995 at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He later became the honor graduate of the Navy’s Undersea Medical Officer Program in Groton, Connecticut. After completing his residency at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in 2004, in 2005 he joined the 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. From there he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the emergency medicine physician in charge of resuscitative medicine for a forward deployed Surgical Shock Trauma Platoon in Taqaddum, Iraq.
This is a great move on behalf of the Trump administration. Veterans absolutely deserve the best care we can provide for them as a nation, especially since many of them have made sacrifices — both physically and mentally — that the rest of us couldn’t even imagine giving for their country.
If you ever want to gauge the health of a nation, look at how it treats children and its warriors. That tells you pretty much everything you need to know. As you can see from this criteria, we’re in trouble.
Thankfully, there are still many in the government who want to remedy these situations and are taking steps to get it done.