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Happy Turkey Day

Thanksgiving 2021 VA Secretary Denis McDonough

I wanted to wish you all a quick ‘Happy Turkey Day’ from DisabledVeterans.org this Thanksgiving 2021.

What I am thankful for this year?

Air. I am thankful that after all the fear of our current public health situation that my family is still breathing. Seriously. Praise God.

Aside from that, I wanted to bring some news from VA perhaps in the form of a statement from VA Secretary Denis McDonough wishing veterans and employees a happy Thanksgiving.

No luck finding a statement from him, at least on the press release website or VAntage Point blog, but I was able to find this fabulous picture of him.

The hat really makes McDonough’s eyes pop, no? Thank you, sir.

I cannot wait to see what he wears for the annual bad sweater party at 810 Vermont. I am sure it will be fabulous.

While McDonough was quiet about one of America’s oldest holiday traditions, I was able to find a 2017 statement from former secretary David Shulkin, MD.

Let’s just assume this is what McDonough would have said if he wasn’t too busy putting out other fires:

“As Americans across the nation celebrate Thanksgiving this week, I am most grateful and thankful for our country’s Veterans and their families. I am also thankful that we have dedicated employees who are providing care and helping Veterans secure hard-earned benefits.

“Honoring our history and traditions through President Lincoln’s timeless words, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan,” we are proud to serve all Veterans, including women Veterans and Veteran families.

“President Trump has made clear since taking office that VA has one purpose and that is to care and provide for those who have served our country so well in uniform. Under the President’s leadership, and with strong support from members of Congress, we have made strides to improve VA at every level.

“While much work remains, our efforts to improve care and services represent the nation’s unending thanks to our Veterans.

“I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you and your families enjoy this great American tradition.”

Well said, Secretary, wherever you are.

The photo is compliments of BadVAArt. (Those guys are awesome…)

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9 thoughts on “Happy Turkey Day”

  1. Story out if you look up veteran sets himself on fire. We have learned VA is breaking federal prescribing laws when most vets are lucky to see a dr once a year while the pills that cause suicide are on time. Speak out and you become the problem

  2. The new VA secretary replies to many of the questions posed to him “We are still gathering data on that, so we will have to get back to you, next question”. I think some of the people he calls on in the press pool are set ups. Although they will never admit to this, I truly believe they are sending more and more of us out to Community Care for our healthcare needs. With a 2022 annual budget of $269 billion you would think they could do better by providing care in house. There is very little traffic in the VA hospitals I go to. They prefer to deal with you on the phone. The trouble with that is it is hard to get examined over the phone. My guess is that instead of a 20 minute face to face meeting with your primary they can knock out these phone calls in 10 minutes or less. That is not the way it should be.

  3. Veterans who read this please Spread my belief email your Senators or your Representative asked them to contact the Veteran Affairs Committee passed a new Disabled Veterans Law for Disabled Veterans who is 100 percent service connected need a Dentist that knows how to put in G4implants for free because they don’t have one works for a Veteran Medical Centers Dentistry or have a contract with a Veteran Affairs Administration and if a Disabled Veterans who is 100percent service connected don’t get the G4implants it will definitely cause real bad Swallowing Problems and really bad Heart Failure plus real bad Gum Disease..Thanks for your Support and stay Healthy and be careful of the Virus.

  4. I thought the Q & A with the Secretary was total Bull. His cannabis story sounded made up and if he stammered anymore ……..what a disgrace!

  5. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES BENJAMIN. WHAT TO THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL INFO I HAVE BEEN GIVEN BY YOU OVER THE YEARS, IT TRUELY IS A BLESSING THAT YOU SHARE YOUR INSIGHT AND YOUR TRUTHFULNESS ABOUT THE VA. FYI I HAVE WORKED FOR PAST 35 YEARS WITH MOSTLY COMBAT VETS TRYING/SUCCEEDING IN GETTING HUNDREDS OF VETS SOME MINIMAL ABOUT OF JUSTICE WITH THERE PTSD CLAIMS, I AM HAPPY TO SAY MANY HAVE BEEN GRANTED 100% S/C. I REALLY WOULD LIKE FOR US TO AT LEAST CONNECT SOME THIS COMMING YEAR AND WHO KNOWS WE COULD BREAK THE CODE OF VA’S INAPTITUDE AND CORRUPTNESS IN THE PROCESS!!!!?? HAVE GREAT YEAR AND HAPPY TURKEY DAY. SINCERELY STEVE RYAN MARINES/VIETNAM 65

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

    P.S.
    There’s a podiatrist in Indiana who’s in trouble for not doing his job correctly in surgery on hundreds of veterans. Lot’s of lawsuits. VA upper echelon ain’t to happy!

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