This blog was originally posted on the Team RWB website.

The Eagle Nation Podcast is the official podcast of Team Red, White, and Blue and this week, we have a very special guest.  Host, Blayne Smith, is joined by Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Honorable Robert McDonald, or as he prefers, Bob.

Bob was nice enough to invite us into his office during a recent trip to DC and we had a great conversation.  During this episode, we address a number of topics that are on the front of Veterans’ minds.  Of course, we touch on leadership.  Bob tells us how he has managed to recruit some amazing people into VA and how building a values-based culture is the only way to ensure excellent service.

We also talk about the role of Veteran in managing his/her transition from military life and the need for Veterans to assume a mantle of leadership in our communities and country.

Finally, we dive into healthcare.  Bob provides his thoughts on recent calls for privatization of the VA and discusses the importance of having a healthcare system that addresses the whole person and focuses on preventative care.

Team RWB and VA have a strong and growing relationship in our collective effort to serve Veterans and build strong communities.  You won’t want to miss this episode!

Listen to the podcast below or on the Team RWB website, where you can download it from iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play.

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Published on Oct. 3, 2016

Estimated reading time is 1.2 min.

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  1. Yale Lewis October 17, 2016 at 11:56 am

    To the Honorable Robert McDonald… What can be done about the Baltimore Regional Office and their inability to properly adjudicate claims? My appeal has been ongoing since 2003. It finally got to the BVA and was remanded in 2014 and I’m still waiting. This cannot be efficient and effective. I call the Regional Office and they say contact the BVA. I call the BVA and they say contact the Regional Office. How long should Veterans be forced to wait?

  2. Kennard Adams October 4, 2016 at 1:34 am

    How do I use my choice card 100% service connected disabled vet with PTSD the VA hospitals in North Carolina misdiagnosed and mistreat me who can I trust I sure can’t trust the VA Hospital can someone please help me

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