It seems like no amount of good news can last long at the VA, like the agency is the massive black hole in Interstellar, never letting good past the event horizon. That is the level of despair I felt when I saw the news today that Trump’s new VA Secretary nominee Ronny Jackson has run into the buzz saw that is Capitol Hill. Now, emerging information has started to point to a man who maybe wasn’t what everybody thought he was.
While the “negative information” about Rear Admiral Jackson has yet to be revealed, it appears that professional conduct may be the shoals that he is stranded on. This is in addition to those critics who have doubted RADM Jackson’s ability to manage an agency the size and scope of the VA.
It is tough to remove myself from this problem. Being a veteran and knowing that there are millions of veterans who depend on the VA makes seeing the problem difficult. I want the best for my fellow veterans and here we are, stuck while the agency languishes.
I wrote last month that the new VA nominee must be willing to make the harsh choices to make the agency what it should be. That still holds true. If that person isn’t RADM Jackson, then Trump better find someone who can make those decisions and get past Congress to get the job done.