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Djou: New VA Secretary Needs to Embrace Reform
By Rep Charles Djou @ 1:36 AM :: 4792 Views :: Health Care, Military


News Release from Djou for Congress June 29, 2014

Charles K. Djou’s campaign released a statement today regarding the pending appointment of former Procter and Gamble CEO, Robert McDonald, as the new Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

“I am excited to see the President nominate a veteran with extensive private sector experience in Robert McDonald as the next VA Secretary,” stated Djou, a former congressman and an Afghan war veteran.  “Merely installing a new face at the VA alone, however, will not fix the deep problems of corruption and inefficiency that plague this agency in Hawaii and across the country.  The new VA Secretary needs to quickly understand the serious depth of the problems facing the VA in Hawaii.  He also should embrace structural reforms to the VA, like allowing vets to access private healthcare with their VA benefits, that will prevent the long wait times that have characterized the current VA crises.”

Congressman Djou served with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Combat Brigade Team, 10thMountain Infantry Division for Operation Enduring Freedom in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he was awarded the Combat Action Badge.  He is currently a major in the U.S. Army Reserve and a VA beneficiary.  In his previous term in Congress, Congressman Djou was a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

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