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VA Secretary to keep his job

February 21, 2018 - 5:32 pm

VA Secretary David Shulkin reportedly will be keeping his job and the American Legion is confident in Shulkin’s support for veterans.

The American Legion’s Executive Director Verna Jones told reporters Wednesday that she had been told by a credible source that it had been decided that Shulkin was going to stay.

“I believe that what they’ve decided to do is to move forward,” she said. “Now we don’t know how long it’s going to last, but until something else happens I think that the decision has been made so that Shulkin is going to remain the secretary.”

A VA Inspector General report released Feb. 14 into expenses during a trip to Denmark in July 2017 led Shulkin to apologize and repay the government for his wife’s plane ticket, according to USA Today.

Speaking to Connecting Vets on Tuesday, Jones said "While we are very disappointed in some of the things revealed in the IG report, we still stand strong that David Shulkin has done an amazing job for veterans and the VA. So we would definitely like to see him stay on as Secretary of the VA."

Other Veteran Service Organizations, such as American Veterans (AMVETS), Disabled Veterans of America, and Veterans of Foreign Wars, released statements supporting the secretary on Feb. 19.