Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New Veterans Urge Swift Senate Confirmation for VA Nominees

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America issued the following today:

Gretchen Andersen
Press Secretary
Tel: 212-982-9699

Washington, D.C. (March 18, 2015) — President Barack Obama today announced two nominations for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). IAVA urges the Senate to move quickly in confirming LaVerne Horton Council for Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology, and Dr. David Shulkin, for Under Secretary for Health.

“IAVA implores the Senate to quickly confirm these nominees. There’s not a moment to waste in the effort to reform and right the VA,” said IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff. “We continue to believe that Secretary Bob McDonald is the right man to lead this reform but he can’t do it alone. As veterans, we support his efforts to identify and recruit top-tier talent to this difficult task. We applaud the President for making these nominations and look forward to working with these two leaders in promoting solutions that will help our vets.”

Note to media: Email or call 212-982-9699 to speak with IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff or IAVA leadership.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America ( is the nation's first and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and has nearly 300,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide. Celebrating its 10th year anniversary, IAVA recently received the highest rating - four-stars - from Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator.