In late June, President Obama formally announced the nomination of Army veteran and former Proctor & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to serve as the new Secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department.
DAV Washington Executive Director Garry Augustine called for a smooth and quick confirmation process, allowing McDonald and his staff to begin strengthening the VA health care system and restoring the trust of all veterans.
If confirmed, McDonald will become the eighth Secretary of the VA, replacing Eric K. Shinseki who resigned in May after five years in that position. McDonald graduated in 1975 in the top 2 percent of his class at West Point, then went on to serve for five years in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. After exiting the military, he took an entry-level job as P&G and was ultimately named President and CEO in 2009, and Chairman of the Board in 2010.