Veterans in America: A Conversation with VA Secretary David Shulkin
On Thursday, November 9, 2017 -- a day before the nation observes Veterans Day -- The Washington Post hosted U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin for a wide-ranging conversation about the most critical issues affecting America’s 22 million veterans and their families.
The discussion included his department’s efforts to curb the veterans' suicide rate, address post-traumatic stress disorder and other health concerns. The secretary will also talk about challenges facing those transitioning from military to civilian life, including workforce training and housing.
Shulkin, a board-certified internist and the former chief executive of several major hospitals and health systems, served as the VA’s Under Secretary for Health for 18 months before being unanimously confirmed by the Senate on February 13, 2017 as the nation’s ninth Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Program Highlights
U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin discusses a Sept. 29, 2017 Washington Post report about his July trip to Europe that mixed business and leisure activities.
U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin discusses the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, which he says was a “necessary” piece of legislation.
U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin details the relationship between his department and President Trump, saying "the president has recognized the progress that we’ve made so far but knows -- and I agree with him -- we have a long way to go.”
U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin comments on the Texas church shooter, who was a military veteran, and discusses possible strategies and solutions for treating veterans who receive non-honorable discharges from the military.
U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin discusses what his department is doing to decrease the suicide rate among veterans.
Content from Leidos
Jonathan Scholl, President of Leidos Health, is responsible for leading the thousands of Leidos employees providing services and solutions in health information technology, health analytics, life sciences, and public health. He delivers sponsored remarks at The Washington Post’s Veterans in America program.
David Shulkin
United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
David Shulkin is the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He was nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed in February of 2017.
Ed O'Keefe
Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter for The Washington Post.
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