Secretary of Veterans Affairs


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Secretary of Veterans Affairs

The head of the U.S. federal government department charged with serving the interests of American military veterans. Among other things, the secretary is responsible for guaranteeing mortgages borrowed by veterans to increase veteran homeownership. He or she is appointed by the president of the United States and confirmed by the Senate.
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Before being appointed as both secretary of veterans affairs and as executive director of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Deering served as Oklahomas adjutant general from February 2009 to February 2015.
Recommendation: To improve VA's outreach and support for eligible servicemembers and veterans, communication with school officials, and oversight of its education benefit programs, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs should increase efforts to make school certifying officials aware of available training opportunities, including VA's online training module, and consider providing information for school certifying officials on working with servicemembers and veterans with disabilities.
Summary: Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out construction projects that improve, renovate, establish and update patient care facilities at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers, government-sponsored nursing homes, and for other purposes.
Moreover, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jesse Brown joined the Republicans in endorsing a test run for the managed care approach in VA operations.
The others are Energy Department Chief Hazel O'Leary and Jesse Brown, secretary of Veterans Affairs.
At the Senate hearing, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jesse Brown announced that Vietnam veterans with Hodgkin's disease and porphyria cutanea tarda will now be entitled to disability payments based on their service in Vietnam and their exposure to herbicides.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act will allow the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to dismiss bad employees and ensure appropriate due process protections for whistleblowers.
Discussions between environmental health experts at the Veterans Health Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) were led by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald.
Partnering with national, regional and community-based non-profit organizations allows VA to provide rehabilitative adaptive sports opportunities to our disabled veterans and servicemembers all across the country," says Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald.
Recommendation: The Secretary of Veterans Affairs should direct the Executive Director of the FRCP to ensure that referred servicemembers and veterans who need FRC services are enrolled in the program by establishing adequate internal controls regarding the FRCs' enrollment decisions.

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