31 Jan '17, 7pm

Trump's pick to lead VA isn't a veteran. Does that matter?

For the last 94 years, every permanent or acting head of the U.S. veterans benefits bureaucracy has served in the military. But that is expected change in coming days. President Donald Trump’s pick for the next Veterans Affairs Secretary, Dr. David Shulkin, is poised to become the first non-veteran to assume that post, a tradition-breaking move that has produced surprisingly little controversy within the military community. The 57-year-old physician’s father was an Army psychiatrist and his mother an Army psychotherapist. He grew up on a military base in Illinois. He has served as VA Under Secretary for Health since June 2015, and still sees veteran patients in an effort to stay in contact with the front lines of department services. He’s earned praise from veterans groups as a reformer who knows the system, and is expected to face little opposition at his Senate confirmat...

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