WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and chairman of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee – released the following statement regarding his meeting today with President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David Shulkin:
“Speaking with Dr. Shulkin today, we discussed the desperately needed changes that must take place at the VA to make the agency worthy of every single veteran it is sworn to serve,” said Sen. Moran. “The VA is tasked with the direct care of our nation’s heroes; but too frequently, veterans face a greater burden accessing the benefits they deserve as a result of failures that are symptomatic of a bureaucratic culture inflexible to change. The opportunity Dr. Shulkin could have to make a difference in the lives of American veterans cannot be overstated, which is why I requested that he reach out and speak with Veterans Service Organizations seeking an opportunity to share insights and priorities with President Trump. I look forward to continuing the dialogue with Dr. Shulkin about how to reform the VA and restore veterans’ trust in the agency created to serve them.”
Following the Presidential Inauguration on Friday, Jan. 20, Sen. Moran sent a letter to President Trump encouraging the new administration to consider his priorities for veterans.