The Veterans Affairs Department is the latest to receive a much-needed shake-up at the hands of President Trump - with Secretary Shulkin being ousted in a late evening announcement - receiving enormous applause from members of the Armed Forces and their families who have struggled to endure ridiculous wait times for simple treatments.
The Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has been under fire as of late due to the complaints from our nation's bravest, the men and women who patriotically serve the United States of America each and every day and the Veterans of foreign wars defending our country and its interests.
The enormous travesties of both suicides and homelessness amongst Veterans United States of America's Armed Forces has been a topic of concern for President Trump during the campaign days, and thus far under Shulkin those numbers have yet to see a firm decline, showcasing that more can and should be done if not a complete overhaul of how the system works.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I am pleased to announce that I intend to nominate highly respected Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, MD, as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs….</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/979108653377703936?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 28, 2018</a></blockquote>
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White House physician, Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy is set to replace Shulkin as the new VA Secretary, as being someone who both understands the concerns of our nation's Veterans and who's been close to President Trump throughout his tenure.
Another concern has been the wait times and the horror stories surrounding those who need mental health assistance in having to wait sometimes up to a month if not longer for treatment, which many have attributed to the high number of suicides in the United States of America.
Last year Shulkin has publicly stated he would do more to assist those in need, yet it seems his efforts were fruitless outside of rhetoric.
“These findings are deeply concerning, which is why I made suicide prevention my top clinical priority,” said now former-VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “I am committed to reducing Veteran suicides through support and education. We know that of the 20 suicides a day that we reported last year, 14 are not under VA care. This is a national public health issue that requires a concerted, national approach.”
Any United States Veteran who may be in crisis, or having thoughts of suicide, and those who know a Veteran in crisis, can call the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Call 800-273-8255 and press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text to 838255.
We're wishing the best of luck to Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, hoping that he can present new ideas to the Department of Veterans Affairs and assist in solving the problems which face the government agency for the greater good of our Veterans.
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