January 11, 2017

David Shulkin Chosen for Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Featuring Phillip Carter

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Journalist Ben Kesling

President-elect Donald Trump named David Shulkin on Wednesday to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Shulkin currently serves as the head of the VA’s health-care system and has extensive experience in the private health-care sector but isn’t himself a military veteran. If confirmed, he will be the first nonveteran to head the sprawling department.

Mr. Trump announced the appointment at his first press conference since becoming president-elect.

“We looked long and hard, we interviewed at least 100 people, some good, some not so good, but we had a lot of talent,” Mr. Trump said when he announced the nomination. “He’s fantastic, he’s fantastic, he will do truly a great job. One of the commitments I’ve made is that we’re going to straighten out the whole situation for our veterans.”

Read the full article at the Wall Street Journal.


  • Phillip Carter

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Phillip Carter was the former Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.  His research focused on iss...