McDonough Sworn in as Veterans Affairs Secretary

Calls it the honor of his lifetime.

Denis McDonough was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Monday and sworn into his new position as Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday. The second individual to serve in the position without serving in the military, the president acclaimed the new secretary’s government service as qualification for the role.

During his Senate confirmation hearing in late January, McDonough said, “I will work tirelessly to build and restore VA’s trust as the premier agency for ensuring the well-being of America’s Veterans. After all, there is no more sacred obligation nor noble undertaking than to uphold our promises to our Veterans, whether they came home decades ago or days ago.”

Upon assuming office, Secretary McDonough issued a statement to veterans and workers in the VA, saying it is the “honor of my lifetime to join the VA workforce in serving veterans.” He continued, “At this moment when our country must come together, caring for you, our country’s veterans and your families, is a mission that can unite us all.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary McDonough as he leads the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • For veterans who need the department’s assistance as they transition from active duty.
  • For the department to continue to provide improved healthcare to those who are wounded and medically discharged from service.

Sources: AP, NPR


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