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VA Secretary Denis McDonough statement on the retirement announcement of Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski:

Coach K has become known by many titles over the years. National Champion. Gold Medalist. Winningest coach in NCAA history. Bane of Tar Heels everywhere. But here at VA and in the military, he has also been known as Army Capt. Krzyzewski, an artillery liaison to the infantry and graduate of West Point in 1969.

By |June 2nd, 2021|Secretary's Blog|Comments Off on VA Secretary Denis McDonough statement on the retirement announcement of Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski:

Borne the Battle #235: VA Secretary Denis McDonough

On Feb. 8, 2021, Denis McDonough was confirmed by the Senate to be the United States’ 11th Secretary of Veterans Affairs. On Borne the Battle he discusses the priorities behind his "First 100 Day Plan" for VA.

A Black History Month Message from VA Secretary Denis McDonough

As our country’s celebration of Black history comes to a close, a profoundly moving experience reminded me of the rich history of selfless service and sacrifice that Black Veterans have made to this nation.

By |February 26th, 2021|Secretary's Blog, Top Stories|1 Comment

Borne the Battle #249: Denise Jelinski-Hall, 3rd Senior Enlisted Advisor, National Guard Bureau

Denise Jelinski-Hall felt stuck in her small hometown of Little Falls, Minnesota, so she created a new future for herself by joining the Air Force. Years, later, Jelinski-Hall became – at the time – the highest-ranking enlisted female in United States military history.

Secretary McDonough’s remarks to Veterans Service Organizations regarding the American Rescue Plan

This plan supports our priority of providing Veterans timely, world-class healthcare. Here’s a few things those targeted funds will allow us to do: It will allow us to ensure that our 9.3 million enrolled Veterans will not have healthcare delayed. The pandemic has resulted in 19.7 million cancelled, delayed or moved appointments. These changes are not only taxing on our Veterans—they may also result in additional costs, forced cancellation, and delays. The plan will allow the Veterans Health Administration and our Information Technology team to sustain and expand telehealth capabilities critical for video-to-home telehealth visits.

By |February 12th, 2021|Secretary's Blog, Top Stories|9 Comments

Remembering fallen means honoring unfinished work: SecVA

Remembering the fallen means honoring the nation’s unfinished work, VA Secretary Denis McDonough said at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia May 28.

By |May 28th, 2021|Memorial Affairs, Top Stories|Comments Off on Remembering fallen means honoring unfinished work: SecVA

Secretary, VA leaders affirm the White Ribbon VA pledge

On April 14, 2021, VA Secretary Denis McDonough held a virtual ceremony to underscore his zero tolerance for gender-based harassment or sexual assault in VA facilities. At the ceremony, McDonough and VA senior leaders, including Army combat Veteran Chief of Staff Tanya Bradsher, affirmed their commitment to the White Ribbon VA pledge.

By |April 19th, 2021|Secretary's Blog, Top Stories|4 Comments

Veterans to receive assistance through proposed American Jobs Plan

Veterans would see improved infrastructure, more jobs and small business assistance in the proposed American Jobs Plan, VA Secretary Denis McDonough said April 15. Speaking during a White House press call, the secretary said the plan would give VA more resources to help Veterans.

By |April 15th, 2021|Secretary's Priorities, Top Stories|2 Comments

VA, DoD secretaries honor Vietnam War Veterans

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III honored Vietnam War Veterans during a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 29, 2021.

By |March 29th, 2021|Honoring Vets, ICARE, Secretary's Blog, Top Stories|5 Comments
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