President Trump has picked Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson to be secretary of Veterans Affairs. Veteran and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) tells NPR’s Michel Martin why he supports the new leadership.
MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:
We’re going to start the program today with the recent shakeup at the Department of Veterans Affairs. President Trump nominated Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, the top White House physician, to replace Dr. David Shulkin as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s a huge and complex job overseeing medical facilities around the country, hundreds of thousands of employees, not to mention programs that distribute hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits to veterans and beneficiaries. Jackson will need to be confirmed by the Senate before he officially steps into the job.
Needless to say, no one veteran can speak for all veterans, but we thought we’d like to hear from one of the military veterans serving in Congress, so we called Republican Congressman Mike Coffman. He represents Colorado’s 6th District. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, and he’s with us now from Aurora. Congressman, thanks so much for joining us.
MIKE COFFMAN: Thanks for having me.
MARTIN: You served in both the