V.A. Sec. Bob McDonald says Congress hasn't helped fund the agency to keep up with social reforms

Speaking to The Washington Post’s Lisa Rein Thursday, V.A. Secretary Bob McDonald said that the VA needs to transform to keep up with modern times, including it restructuring its facilities to accommodate transgender veterans. “Many V.A. buildings were built with single-gender restrooms," Sec. McDonald said. "We've got to make these transformations." The secretary also noted the need for more communal living spaces.
  • Nov 10, 2016
Program Highlights

Medal of Honor recipient says no recipient wants the award: “It represents people not coming home.”

Speaking to The Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe Thursday, Groberg said that there’s a solemn responsibility associated with earning the medal. “I have not met, of the 76 (recipients) that are living, a single one of them that wants this medal.” Groberg continued, saying that the medal represents something bigger than himself and his accomplishments. “You do not wear the medal for fame. You do not wear the medal for money. You only wear the medal to represent this country and our military and the people who serve in our military and everybody else who supports them … It belongs to every single individual that serves our country and didn’t come home to their families.”

    William McNulty: Many Americans don't understand how fighting in Iraq affects their ability to go to Starbucks

    Speaking to The Washington Post’s Thomas Gibbons-Neff Thursday, Team Rubicon CEO and Co-Founder William McNulty said veterans shouldn’t expect civilians to always understand their missions and the impact of their service. “We need to realize that if a mission is not communicated in an adequate way, if the country doesn’t really understand, if it’s not clear why we’re sending men and women in a combat zone, then there shouldn’t be an expectation that the public understands what they are doing,” McNulty said. “For a lot of Americans, going to Iraq has nothing to do with their ability to go to Starbucks.” This lack of public understanding is what McNulty says “creates a civilian/military divide.”

      Noah Galloway describes how everyday life changes after being injured in combat

      Former Army sergeant Noah Galloway never dreamed that he would be injured in combat, but when he returned home to Alabama from Walter Reed, he realized that life’s small tasks had suddenly become big challenges. “It took me a while to realize that I either out figure out new ways to get things done or I say you know what? I can’t do that and I accept that,” Galloway said. "Opening jars is tough ... My daughter loves pickles and the way I fix that is I tell her, ‘If you want pickles, go to your mom’s house.’”
        8:50 a.m. Interview with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald
        The Honorable Robert A. McDonald

        U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs

        Robert A. McDonald was nominated by President Obama to serve as the eighth Secretary of Veterans Affairs and was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 29, 2014. Prior to joining VA, Secretary McDonald was Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G).
        Interviewed by Lisa Rein

        Reporter, The Washington Post

        Lisa Rein covers the federal workforce and issues that concern the management of government. At the Post, she has written about state politics and government in Annapolis, Md. and Richmond, Va., local government in Fairfax County, Va. and the redevelopment of Washington and its neighborhoods.
        9:10 a.m. Interview with Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg
        Captain Florent Groberg

        Retired Army captain and Medal of Honor recipient

        Captain Florent Grober is a retired Army captain and Medal of Honor recipient. Groberg's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Bronze Service Stars; the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the U.S. Army Parachutists Badge, the U.S. Army Ranger Tab, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation. Groberg currently resides in the National Capital Region and is a civilian employee of the Department of Defense.
        Interviewed by Dan Lamothe

        Reporter, The Washington Post

        Dan Lamothe covers national security for The Washington Post and anchors its military blog, Checkpoint. He has covered U.S. troops closely since 2008, embedding with infantrymen in Afghanistan multiple times and covering many of the major issues driving discussion in the Pentagon. He is a graduate of journalism programs at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of Maryland-College Park.
        9:35 a.m. How the Youngest Generation of Veterans is Defining Itself
        William McNulty

        Cofounder & CEO – Team Rubicon Global, Ltd.

        Prior to cofounding Team Rubicon, William served as a civilian Intelligence professional in Washington DC. He worked in support of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Council’s Iraq Threat Finance Cell, and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.
        Teresa Fazio

        Author and Director at Allied Minds

        Teresa Fazio’s writing has been published in The New York Times, Task and Purpose, Vassar Quarterly, and Consequence Magazine. She is a former communications officer in the United States Marine Corps, and an author in three upcoming anthologies: Retire the Colors, The Road Ahead, and It’s My Country Too. Her awards include the Consequence Magazine Fiction Prize and a fellowship at Yaddo. A graduate of MIT and Columbia, she works in technology commercialization.
        Jacqueline Clayton

        Washington, D.C. 1st Platoon Leader, The Mission Continues

        Jacqueline Clayton is Washington D.C.'s 1st Platoon Leader for The Mission Continues. The Mission Continues Washington DC 1st Platoon is focused on neighborhood revitalization in the Congress Park apartment complex. By bringing veterans and community partners together in Southeast DC, 1st Platoon works with the residents of Congress Park to improve the community through positive involvement and service.
        Moderated by Thomas Gibbons-Neff

        Reporter, The Washington Post

        Thomas Gibbons-Neff is a staff writer and a former Marine infantryman.
        10:05 a.m. Interview with Sgt. Noah Galloway
        Noah Galloway

        Former U.S. Army – Sergeant, Activist

        After losing two limbs during his second tour in Iraq, Noah Galloway has dedicated his life to being an agent of change. He has overcome disability in his own life and now works to empower his fellow veterans through fitness. Since his injuries, Noah has made the cover of Men’s Health 2014, finished third on Dancing with the Stars, and completed dozens of Spartan races. He will help veterans overcome any personal, physical, or mental challenge through leading by example.
        Interviewed by Alison Snyder

        Executive Editorial Producer

        Alison Snyder is the Executive Editorial Producer for Washington Post Live.
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        Washington Post Live is the newsroom’s live journalism platform. Government and business leaders, emerging voices and newsmakers discuss the most pressing issues of the day.
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