VA Secretary, Dr. David Shulkin believes that the VA cannot be reformed without understanding the experience of patients in the system. As a result, he continues to see patients regularly, in-person and remotely.
Secretary Shulkin is the first non-veteran to head the VA. Although he was not President Trump’s first choice to lead the agency, he was confirmed 100-0 by the Senate.
As part of Secretary Shulkin’s proposed reforms, the VA will begin to offer free mental health care to veterans barred from the system for less-than-honorable discharges in June.
Part of Secretary Shulkin’s success lies in his consistent bipartisanship. He has been able to raise money from both Democrats and Republicans to enhance the VA system and ensure its viability and success.