Happy Veterans Day! Joining us on this Veterans Day episode is Secretary Robert McDonald. Secretary McDonald, who prefers to be called “Bob,” is an Army Veteran and former CEO of Procter & Gamble.

An Army Veteran, McDonald served with the 82nd Airborne Division; completed Jungle, Arctic, and Desert Warfare training; and earned the Ranger tab, the Expert Infantryman Badge, and Senior Parachutist wings. Upon leaving military service, Captain McDonald was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Since joining VA, Secretary McDonald has led the Department in its ambitious transformational journey to be a world-class service provider and the No. 1 customer-service agency in the federal government giving Veterans consistent, high-quality experiences.

Covered in Episode Four:

Secretary McDonald with podcast host, Timothy Lawson

Secretary McDonald with podcast host, Timothy Lawson

  • The story of Medal of Honor recipient, Michael Fitzmaurice.
  • Interview with Army Veteran Robert McDonald
    • Bob’s decision to join the military.
    • Transitioning to Procter & Gamble.
    • Could VA handle another influx of combat Veterans?
    • Measuring the impact of his leadership after he leaves.
    • How he uses his time most efficiently.
    • His emotional response to Veteran homelessness
  • The new Vets.gov portal.
  • An ode to all Veterans

Click here for a full script of the podcast.

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Published on Nov. 11, 2016

Estimated reading time is 1.2 min.

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  1. Terry Lynn Looney November 16, 2016 at 7:50 am

    What kind of goat screw are you running? This story is typical of Veterans Affairs stupidity.
    I applied at my bank to refinance my home using my VA benefits. I needed to cash out some of my equity to make repairs to my home. Following the process my bank sent out an appraiser. I showed him the problems. I was notified a few days latter that the VA denied the loan because REPAIRS NEEDED TO BE MADE. The things that had to be repaired before the loan could be approved were the things I needed the money for. So I have to replace and paint some wood and repair the soffets. So the loan can be granted. Then the contracter will rip off the newly replaced and painted wood and soffets so he can remove and replace the roof all the way down to the trusses. Then replace the decking, shingles, soffets annd facia. I have attempted to contact the VA about the problem but noone responds. The reinspection by the appraiser is today. If for some reason the repairs don’t meet VA standards.I will simply call my current morgage holder and give them the property. I will movecmysrlfcand my wife into an apartment and You, the Veterans Administration and the United Ststes of America can KISS MY (redacted).

  2. Belinda Piercy November 11, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I would like to find out how can I get the Military to recognize my father who is a 94 year old veteran living in the state of North Carolina.

    Thank you.

  3. Carolyn Higdon November 11, 2016 at 10:16 am

    We need a veterans advocate at Yountbille CA Veterans home

  4. Carolyn Higdon November 11, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Bob McDonald was at Yountville,CA Oct 13 and the member veterans were not allowed to attend? Nothing has been said about the reason for this visit? I am an Army veteran living in independent care at this veterans home. We have lots of deferred maintenance? My name is Carolyn Higdon.

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