Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Releases Statement after Recent Nominee Withdraws Consideration for Secretary of Veterans Affairs
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Johnson released the following statement after Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson withdrew his name to be considered for the position as Secretary of Veterans Affairs:
“As a lifelong supporter of our veterans and a former Chief Psychiatric Nurse at the Dallas Veterans Administration Hospital, I know that we have an obligation to provide the best care for our service members,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “That need can only be met by a leader who understands the needs of veterans and is willing to fight for the rights of veterans and their families.
“Our veterans provide an immeasurable service to our nation, and deserve the respect of all Americans for the work that they do. Their brave contribution to peace at home and all around the world makes us safer and advances American ideals. There are nearly 20 million veterans in the United States, so it should be a privilege to assist and not abandon them with lackluster leadership. Any discussion about privatizing the VA, expanding Choice, or limiting the care a veteran can receive at the VA needs to be discarded right now.
“Veterans also deserve fair employment, access to quality healthcare and affordable housing. Therefore, I am urging President Trump to nominate a qualified candidate who understands the needs of veterans, wants to help veterans navigate the transition into civilian life and fight for their quality care and services.”
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