WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement in response to President-elect Donald J. Trump's nomination of Dr. David Shulkin as the next Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
"Dr. Shulkin is a strong choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has extensive knowledge of the VA and is committed to continuing its reputation as a world-class health care system. Dr. Shulkin recognizes that the VA must continue to improve, and that the answers to its most pressing issues can only be solved with the help of dedicated frontline VA workers.
"Like Dr. Shulkin, we are committed to strengthening the VA. The best way to deliver on our promise to veterans is to invest, fully staff, recruit and retain top-notch talent. Dismantling or privatizing the VA system guarantees substandard care for our nation's heroes.
"The VA is the best health care system in the world, and we look forward to working with Dr. Shulkin to make sure that continues to be the case."
AFGE represents more than 220,000 employees in the Department of Veterans Affairs.