Ronny Jackson: A Poor Choice for the VA

ACTION:  Say “No” to Ronny Jackson to run Veteran’s Affairs

Last week Trump announced he’s replacing embattled VA Secretary David Shulkin with his White House physician, Ronny Jackson, as Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs.  Another poor Trump choice:  not only has Shulkin been involved in a travel expense scandal, but Jackson, Trump’s replacement, has no experience to cope with the detailed and complex administrative and management problems troubling the V.A.  

5calls.org reports:  As Former CIA Director John Brennan stated, “I personally know and greatly respect Ronny Jackson… as a terrific doctor and Navy officer. However, he has neither the experience nor the credentials to run the very large and complex VA. This is a terribly misguided nomination that will hurt both a good man and our veterans.”

This is a terrible choice for our veterans and those who have served our country.  Please call our Senators and urge their opposition to Jackson’s appointment.

Please log your calls here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

  • Sen. Patty Murray: 202-224-2621 / 206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell: 202-224-3441 / 206-220-6400

SCRIPT:

Hello, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent calling from [CITY, ZIP].  Today I am calling to express my immediate and vehement opposition to Dr. Ronny Jackson’s nomination for V.A. Secretary.  Dr. Jackson has no experience to deal with the problems and challenges of the V.A.  I’m very concerned that members of our country’s armed services will be further harmed and under-served by the V.A. if Jackson is appointed.  Thank you.

Background:  

“Dr. Ronny Jackson:  A Poor Choice for the VA” – A Vietnam veteran says the president doctor lacks the experience to run the agency (New York Times letter) -

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/opinion/veterans-affairs.html

“Ronny Jackson’s Disturbing Lack of Independence” (New York Times Op-Ed) - https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/opinion/ronny-jackson-independence-veterans.html

“Can Ronny Jackson really run the VA?” (Washington Post Opinion) - https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/can-ronny-jackson-really-run-the-va/2018/03/29/443a5f16-337b-11e8-94fa-32d48460b955_story.html

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