Though barred from combat, women in military service do have de facto roles in combat. Tammy Duckworth, former assistant secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs lost her legs in combat while piloting a Black Hawk helicopter. “When I’m asked if the country is ready for women in combat, I look down at where my legs used to be and think, ‘Where do you think this happened, a bar fight?’“    Reblogging because Tammy Duckworth is really inspirational.

“ “ Though barred from combat, women in military service do have de facto roles in combat. Tammy Duckworth, former assistant secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs lost her.

Embattled Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric...

VETERANS AFFAIRS SECRETARY RESIGNS AMID SCANDAL

Embattled Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric.

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, right, talks to Chasu Ardell Koker, left, a veteran recently evicted from her home. Volunteers secured housing for Koker on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2018, through Chesapeake Health Educational Program, Inc., a nonprofit that offers a transitional housing program for veterans. (Nikki Wentling/Stars and Stripes) #veterans #homelessness #homelessveterans

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, right, talks to Chasu Ardell Koker, left, a veteran recently evicted from her home. Volunteers secured housing for Koker on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2018, through Chesapeake Health Educational Program, Inc., a nonprofit that offers a transitional housing program for veterans. (Nikki Wentling/Stars and Stripes) #veterans #homelessness #homelessveterans

Robert A. McDonald, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, has been courting medical students, young doctors and nurses as he seeks to add 28,000 workers to the department.

Needing to Hire, Chief of V.A. Tries to Sell Doctors on Change

McDonald, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, has been courting medical students, young doctors and nurses as he seeks to add workers to the department.

Proponents for research into using medical marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain were dealt another blow this week, after comments from Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin made it clear the agency will not explore anytime soon how the drug could help veterans without a change to federal law.

Proponents for research into using medical marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain were dealt another blow this week, after comments from Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin made it clear the agency will not explore anytime soon how the drug could help veterans without a change to federal law.

Here’s where Trump’s cabinet went to college - January 23, 2018:  SECRETARY OF VETERAN AFFAIRS DAVID SHULKIN CREATED A SCIENCE EXPERIMENT THAT WAS FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES WHILE AT HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE. -  Shulkin graduated with a Bachelor's in science.

Here’s where Trump’s cabinet went to college - January 23, 2018: SECRETARY OF VETERAN AFFAIRS DAVID SHULKIN CREATED A SCIENCE EXPERIMENT THAT WAS FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES WHILE AT HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE. - Shulkin graduated with a Bachelor's in science.

Trump picks David Shulkin for secretary of Veterans Affairs

Trump picks David Shulkin for secretary of Veterans Affairs

Shulkin is the current undersecretary for health at the VA and has been in that post since July

Senate Committee Approves Shulkins Nomination for VA Secretary | Military.com Secretary of Veterans Affairs nominee Dr. David Shulkin is sworn in during his Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Feb. 1, 2017. (JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Feb 2017 Senate confirms David Shulkin as Veterans Affairs secretary

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin appeared before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs at an oversight hearing on Jan. 17 to testify about the VA’s progress with implementing reform legislation passed in 2017.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin appeared before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs at an oversight hearing on Jan. 17 to testify about the VA’s progress with implementing reform legislation passed in 2017.

Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Sloan Gibson, points to where he previously spoke to a veteran, earlier in the day,  during a press conference at the Denver VA Medical Center Wednesday afternoon, August 06, 2014. Andy Cross via Getty Images

A judge just reversed the VA's attempt to demote senior executive Kimberly Graves, and House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Rep.

America’s population of living veterans fell by almost 5 million, or 17 percent, from 2000 to 2013. So why did the number of veterans drawing disability compensation climb by 55 percent over that period? And why has yearly VA disability payments tripled since 2000 to reach $60 billion in 2014?  Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald

Military Update: Number of vets collecting disability compensation on steady climb

America’s population of living veterans fell by almost 5 million, or 17 percent, from 2000 to 2013. So why did the number of veterans drawing disability compensation climb by 55 percent over that period? And why has yearly VA disability payments tripled since 2000 to reach $60 billion in 2014? Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald

Eric Shinseki, U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs, resigned Friday amid a controversy involving delays in healthcare for military veterans.  President Barack Obama said he had accepted the VA chief's resignation after meeting with Shinseki Friday. ...

Eric Shinseki Resigns Amid Veterans Affairs Controversy

Eric Shinseki, U. secretary of Veterans Affairs, resigned Friday amid a controversy involving delays in healthcare for military veterans. President Barack Obama said he had accepted the VA chief's resignation after meeting with Shinseki Friday.

The sign of the Veterans Affairs Department is hung on the podium as U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald speaks during a news conference at Veterans Affairs Department September 8, 2014 in Washington.

The sign of the Veterans Affairs Department is hung on the podium as U. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald speaks during a news conference at Veterans Affairs Department September 2014 in Washington.

About a year ago the nation was stunned by reports of Veterans Administration scandals involving manipulation of records, long waiting lists, and, allegedly, the death of many veterans because of long waiting periods for treatment. These events caused Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shineski to resign and Robert McDonald being appointed as the new secretary.

Hundreds of thousands of veterans listed in the Department of Veterans Affairs enrollment system died before their applications for care were processed, according to a report issued Wednesday.

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