On Friday, VA secretary Dr. David Shulkin joined #StandTo, a national Veterans convention hosted by the President George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative.  Shulkin joined key leaders who gathered in Washington, D.C, to discuss ways to improve outcomes for Veterans.

In opening the conference, former president George W. Bush spoke on the dedication of those working at VA. “The vast majority of people who work for [VA] care deeply about helping our Vets transition” out of military service,” Bush said.

According to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, “In an effort to create more collaboration and coordination in the Veteran service space, the Bush Institute’s Stand-To will bring together more than 70 partner organizations from across the public, private, and non-profit sectors to help ensure every Veteran is able to lead a full and meaningful life by achieving optimal health and well-being, and leveraging education and employment opportunities.”

The VA secretary was a featured speaker, interviewed onstage by Bryan Bender of Politico. “We’ve been changing the way that we think about health care, to focus not so much on disease, but on well-being,” Shulkin told the audience.

“Our system should be incentivizing health and well-being,” Shulkin said when asked about what he sees as the future of VA health care. “How can we essentially enhance the outcomes of our system to help people?”

“VA has done a great job in keeping itself in a bi-partisan dialogue and I am committed to ensuring that VA and Veterans do not become part of the political discussion,” Shulkin added.

Watch video from #StandTo, including Secretary Shulkin’s discussion with Bryan Bender:


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Published on Jun. 23, 2017

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  1. pandaire July 5, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Thank you for helping provide a way to reach out with information. This kind of information should help in Vets getting additional treatment for injuries.

  2. pandaire July 5, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Recently the Information Center in St Louis released information of interest to Viet Nam Veterans. It was a simple one line message on a Government form. It stated “No records were received from Viet Nam.” That should help a lot of you with problems. You will need a supporting letter to help you.

    Viet Nam vets with foot problems that have shown up in the last 15 to 20 years, the problem was traced back to the Jungle Boots that we wore. The inside had a steel plate along the foot for protection from booby traps. They also had the arch formed from this piece of steel, and it caused severe damage, that shows up later. The common name for it is Round Foot. ask you Doctor to refer you to a foot specialist for it.

    If you were denied benefits for injuries, check the wording. The people in charge of these were told to not read them or consider them, if they started with neropathy and pain. This is from someone that was on these commitees, and now works for the VA and does not want to be known. Good luck ti you all, and pass the word along to those that need help.

  3. ART MILFORD June 27, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I just got increased from 50 to 70 % in disability so I put in a direct deposit change 5/17 never took place. Then find out today Va accidentally sending my check to the bank. That’s I changed from 9 mos.ago and I will not get paid Fri. 6/30 but will have to wait for paper check 7-10 days maybe if I am lucky according to regional office at fourth of July???

  4. Audrey Lois Youmans June 26, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    The Oakland and Sacramento Offices have their O.I.G. COPS who are criminals. They took my husbands DD 214 and they canceled his Dis. Benefits it only took them 69 days to wipe him out! Now according to them, my husband has NO disability’s and even though he is a KOREAN POW and 85 years old it’s OK to abuse him , call him a criminal, lie to the court and do anything to get him OFF their payroll! I am this veterans 90 year old wife, he can no longer find his words easily, so I am his voice. I will not stop fighting for his Civil Rights & his Dignity until I find someone who REALLY cares about the unbelievable egress actions taken against this veteran and get his Dis. Benefit restored and they are punished for their actions!

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