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VA secretary promises diverse leadership team, but can’t say when they’ll be in place

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough vowed that his leadership team at the federal bureaucracy will reflect the diversity of America’s veterans but offered no timeline for when other key senior posts at the department will be filled. “This will be a really important piece of demonstrating seriousness about diversity and inclusion,” McDonough said in a […]

VA secretary promises ‘urgency’ in implementing new Agent Orange presumptive benefits rules

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough on Tuesday promised an “urgent” review of new rules regarding presumptive benefits status for Vietnam veterans suffering from serious illnesses related to toxic chemical defoliant exposure, but offered no specific timeline for when veterans may see those changes put in place. “We’re under the gun on this, and I think […]

New VA secretary promises unity around work to reform veterans programs

In his first message to veterans and department staff since his confirmation, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough promised to base all of his decisions around “whether it increases veterans’ access to care and benefits and improves outcomes for them” as he takes on the task of reforming the massive federal bureaucracy. “At this moment when […]

VA secretary nominee faces easy confirmation hearing, difficult task in fixing department

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If Denis McDonough is confirmed as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, he won’t bring any personal military experience with him to the job, becoming only the second non-veteran to lead the department. But on Wednesday, the former White House chief of staff vowed to use his unique background in navigating federal bureaucracy and his passion […]

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, a strong proponent of modernization, steps down

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Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy stepped down Wednesday as the new Biden administration took charge, bringing to an end the three-and-a-half years McCarthy has served as either the highest or second-highest ranking civilian within the Department of the Army. McCarthy’s tenure was marked by ambitious modernization initiatives as the Army orients away from nearly […]

Army secretary: 6,200 National Guard troops to be in DC area ‘by the weekend’

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By the end of the weekend, there will be 6,200 National Guard troops from six states and the District of Columbia deployed in the National Capitol Region, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said in a Thursday press conference. The personnel will be on duty for “no less than the next 30 days,” said McCarthy. “The entire […]

Army secretary: 6,200 National Guard troops to be in DC area ‘by the weekend’

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By the end of the weekend, there will be 6,200 National Guard troops from six states and the District of Columbia deployed in the National Capitol Region, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said in a Thursday press conference. The personnel will be on duty for “no less than the next 30 days,” said McCarthy. “The entire […]

Army secretary: 6,200 National Guard troops to be in DC area ‘by the weekend’

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By the end of the weekend, there will be 6,200 National Guard troops from six states and the District of Columbia deployed in the National Capitol Region, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said in a Thursday press conference. The personnel will be on duty for “no less than the next 30 days,” said McCarthy. “The entire […]

Biden’s VA secretary pick promises to ‘fight like hell’ for veterans and their families

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Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Denis McDonough pledged Friday to “fight like hell to give our veterans and their families the health care, respect and dignity they deserve” if confirmed to the post by lawmakers next year. In his first public remarks since President-elect Joe Biden announced him as his pick to lead VA, McDonough said […]

Biden’s pick for VA secretary may be a post-9/11 veteran

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After nearly two decades of overseas deployments and combat for U.S. service members, the Department of Veterans Affairs could be poised to get its first leader with experience serving overseas in the recent wars. The early frontrunners to be the next VA secretary under President-elect Joe Biden include several veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan […]