Recently, VA Secretary Bob McDonald met with leaders of 23 non-governmental organizations, his first official discussion with this group since becoming Secretary.
In the Sept. 29 meeting, McDonald thanked the organizations for their service to Veterans and updated the group on his Road to Veterans Day plan, accountability and mission focus at VA, and a number of other topics. He also asked for their assistance in recruiting the best and brightest medical professionals to serve Veterans at VA medical facilities nationwide.
The non-governmental organizations who attended the meeting are working with VA in serving Veterans through grant programs or other collaborative efforts. VA is dedicated to working with all stakeholders, including these organizations, to fulfill its mission and improve service to those who have “borne the battle,” their families and survivors. To do so, VA’s Road to Veterans Day strategies and actions seek to rebuild trust with Veterans and the American people, improve access to health care and service delivery, and set the course for long-term excellence and reform.
During this meeting, McDonald emphasized that he looks forward to continuing to engage non-governmental organizations and others key stakeholders groups in a discussion on enhanced collaborations that redirect and position VA to better serve our Veterans and their families moving forward.