VA Secretary Urges Senate Committee to Support VA Health Care Reform

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald told Senate lawmakers Wednesday that Congressional action is necessary to support the Department’s reform efforts.  During testimony before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, McDonald said that VA embraces 15 of 18 proposals set forth by a congressional advisory panel and wants to create a health care system that incorporates public facilities and private health networks to treat veterans

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Addresses American Legion Convention

Joining thousands of attendees at their 98th annual national convention, VA Secretary Robert McDonald addressed American Legion members.  He emphasized the ongoing MyVA transformation strategies designed to give every Veteran an exceptional experience with the Department of Veterans Affairs that’s easy, consistent, and memorable.

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Modernizing the VA

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald’s vision is for the VA to become the number one customer-service agency in the federal government. But he and his team know that words alone won’t make this happen.  Secretary McDonald’s continued commitment to modernization has helped the VA to make significant progress.  More challenges lie ahead.

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VA Secretary Assesses Challenges and Progress

VA Secretary Robert McDonald visited The American Legion National Headquarters in Indianapolis on July 23. During an interview, McDonald spoke about the challenges VA faces, and its progress in technology and patient care.

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Optimistic Congress Will Plug VA Budget Gap

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday he’s confident that Congress will act soon to address a looming budget crisis that could force his agency to shut down some VA hospitals, freeze hiring and take other belt-tightening steps.

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Secretary of Veteran Affairs: Why We Serve

VA Secretary Robert McDonald talks about how living a life driven by purpose is a key motivating factor for him.  Working at the VA is the most inspiring mission in government, he says; serving the best, most deserving people in the nation – veterans.

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Email Alert: 24 Sept. 2014 – VA to boost salaries to attract new doctors

The Veterans Affairs Department said Wednesday that it will boost the maximum salaries for incoming physicians and dentists as part of VA Secretary Robert McDonald’s push to hire an estimated 28,000 health-care providers to handle the backlog of veterans who need care.

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Email Alert: 17 September 2014: The VA Plans to Reduce the Number of Websites for Veterans Care

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said he plans to launch a new digital services team to help winnow down its numerous websites as part of a plan to improve the services VA delivers to Veterans.  During a press conference, he decried the large number of often confusing websites the agency currently operates and said the website winnowing would take place between now and November.  “Right now, if you go to any Veterans Affairs website, you’ll find that there are 14 different websites that …

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Email Alert – 14 July 2014: VA Nominee Bob McDonald Pledges More Effective Agency

In his introduction at VA headquarters, Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Bob McDonald said his priority in leading the department will be to create “a VA that is more effective, more efficient, and that truly puts our veterans first.  At the VA, the veteran is our customer, and we must all focus — all day, every day — on getting them the benefits and the care that they’ve so earned,” he told a crowd of VA employees and veterans advocates.  “That’s the only reason we’re here.” …

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