The number one question reverberating throughout the veterans’ community right now is whether Admiral Ronny Jackson is qualified to be the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
This begs the question, what exactly qualifies one to lead the nation’s second largest government agency?
Unfortunately, no one knows yet. The VA has been plagued by controversy since its elevation to a cabinet Department in 1988. Not a single VA secretary has won universal praise from veterans, stakeholders and Congress for the duration of their term. And, more importantly, not a single VA secretary has successfully shown the ability to eliminate the toxic culture that permeates from within the bureaucracy.
To date, there have been nine VA Secretaries that have received Senate confirmation. Of those nine, with the exception of David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinSenate braces for showdown over Trump’s nominees Ex-Joint Chiefs chairman: I’m ‘extremely concerned’ about generals serving in Trump admin Trump VA nominee: ‘I think I’ve got what it takes’ MORE, the only common denominator seems to be military service.
Five have been appointed by Republican presidents, four have been appointed by Democratic presidents. One was a prior Member of Congress (Edward Derwinski), one