IAVA hopes VA Secretary nominee is the right choice

Eric Dehm
April 09, 2018 - 12:07 pm

Photo courtesy IAVA


The maelstrom continues to swirl atop the Department of Veterans Affairs. Shulkin is out, Wilkie is the acting secretary and Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson came out of left field as President Trump's nominee to permanently fill the position. 

It's been a wild few weeks in regards to veteran issues on Capitol Hill, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) has been closely watching as it has all unfolded. Chief Policy Officer Melissa Bryant says the organization has concerns over recent events, but maintains hope that it will all work out in the best interests of veterans. 

Photo courtesy IAVA

During an appearance on the Morning Briefing, Bryant said the upcoming hearings on Admiral Jackson's nomination should shed quite a bit of light on the nominee's qualifications, and his vision for the future of the VA. At this point, Bryant believes it unfair to reach any conclusion on Jackson as there's simply not enough information available on him and until his thoughts on important matters like privatization are known, IAVA will maintain a "wait and see" approach to the presidential physician's nomination. 

Bryant's full interview, focusing on the VA and other issues like the omnibus spending bill and IAVA's "Big 6" legislative items is available below.

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